Lotus Renault press release
First Practice Session:
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P6, 1:26.625, 20 laps
Bruno Senna, R31-06 P16, 1:27.385, 23 laps
Lotus Renault GP opened their on-track account in Monza, as the first practice session got underway in hot late summer conditions at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Nursing no signs of tiredness from his birthday celebrations yesterday, Vitaly Petrov led the way for the black and gold with a best time of 1min 26.625secs on Pirelli’s medium tyre compound. The time left Vitaly as the sixth fastest driver at the end of the session.
Bruno Senna, however, came away from his third consecutive first practice session in 16th position, having posted a time of 1min. 27.385secs, again on the white medium compound.
Fastest in the session was Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, who clocked-up a time of 1min 23.865secs in the blazing Italian sun.
Second Practice Seassion:
Bruno Senna, R31-06 P10, 1:25.325, 38 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P11, 1:25.450, 31 laps
Bruno Senna emerged as the faster Lotus Renault GP race driver after ongoing hot weather conditions at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza during the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix.
Bruno enjoyed a trouble-free run to set a 1min 25.325secs lap whilst Vitaly Petrov finished his session with a 1.25.450secs lap.
Bruno ended the day with the 10th fastest time of the session, Vitaly ended the session with the 11th fastest time.
Both drivers used the soft Pirelli and the mediate tyres during the course of the 90 minutes.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap time of the session, a 1min 24.010secs, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.