Lotus Renault Hungarian GP Friday Practice Report


Nick Heidfeld: “We made some good progress”

How was second practice for you?

NH: Well, as I only drove in the second session, we tried to make full use of this time and made some good progress with the car throughout the 90 minutes.

Nick Heidfeld, Lotus Renault GP
Nick Heidfeld, Lotus Renault GP

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How did the car feel on what can be quite a slippery track?

NH: The grip level from this circuit does seem quite low and there is quite a big difference between the tyres, which will make tomorrow quite interesting. I also experienced quite a lot of oversteer with the car, but we made changes which rectified this.

And looking to tomorrow?

NH: We’re heading in the right direction, but we can still work on the set-up and have a positive next couple of days.

Free Practice 1

Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 1:
P10, 1:25.093, 22 laps

Bruno Senna, R31-04 Free Practice 1:
P15, 1:25.855, 25 laps

Bruno Senna had his first taste of Grand Prix weekend R31 track action today as he completed a trouble-free FP1 session in Nick Heidfeld’s R31-04.

Bruno completed 25 laps using one set of Pirelli’s soft compound P-Zeros to set a time of 1min 25.855secs, the 15th fastest time of the session.

Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP
Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP

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Vitaly Petrov led the way for Lotus Renault GP with a 1min 25.093secs lap, the tenth fastest in the session. He also used just one set of the soft tyre.

Fastest in FP1 McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1m 23.350secs.

Free Practice 2

Nick Heidfeld, R31-04 Free Practice 2:
P14, 1:23.861, 28 laps

Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 2:
P17, 1:24.546, 21 laps

In the second practice session of Eastern Europe’s showcase motorsport event, Nick returned to the R31 alongside Vitaly as Lotus Renault GP returned to its usual line-up.

As the sun began to break through in Budapest, Nick led the way for LRGP, after posting a best time on the Pirelli supersoft tyres of 1min 23.861secs. This left him 14th quickest in the session.

The German completed a total of 28 laps using both Pirelli’s soft and supersoft compounds in the process.

Teammate Vitaly finished three places below with a time of 1min 24.546secs, more than six tenths behind Nick, again trialing both compounds on the Hungaroring track.

Fastest in FP2 was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1min 21.018secs.

By: Lotus Renault

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Lewis Hamilton , Bruno Senna , Vitaly Petrov
Teams McLaren
Tags heidfeld, hungaroring, lotus renault, petrov, senna