Lotus Renault press release
“I’M LIKE A KID AT CHRISTMAS”
How was it stepping into the R31 for the first time at a race weekend?
RG: It was amazing - I’m like a kid at Christmas at the moment. It was fantastic to get back into a F1 car and the feeling is just amazing being out there on track. I’m a very happy guy to have had a chance to get out there and drive.
How did you approach the session today?
RG: I tried to improve lap after lap. We tried some different things with the car and tried not to disturb the programme of the team, which is the main thing, and I think we picked up some ideas for the afternoon session. The balance of the car was as we were expecting. We know that we’re not fantastic on slow corners so we tried a few different things.
How did you find driving on the Pirelli tyres?
RG: They have been a real talking point this season. The medium tyres were quite difficult to drive with, the prototype softs were better in terms of degradation, but it is always difficult to know what to expect when you go from one tyre to another. Hopefully my feedback can help a little bit for the rest of the weekend.