Lotus Renault Singapore GP Friday practice report

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Free Practice 1

Bruno Senna, R31-04
P16, 1:53.765, 17 laps

Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P18, 1:54.736, 8 laps

Lotus Renault GP began its preparations for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix with a shortened and interrupted first session of free practice.

Bruno Senna, Renault F1 Team
Bruno Senna, Renault F1 Team

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On a hot evening at Singapore’s street circuit, there was an initial half-hour delay as marshals worked on kerbs which had become dislodged at Turns 3 and 14, as highlighted by the earlier running of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. The kerbing was eventually removed, with drivers allowed to cross the white line at those areas. That reduced the session to an hour – and there was a further five-minute delay for a red flag when Heikki Kovalainen had a fire on his front brakes midway through the hour. Then the red flag came out yet again with eight minutes left as the bolt on another kerb was dislodged.

Bruno Senna nonetheless made the most of the available time running on the Pirelli ‘soft’ compound, the harder of the two available this weekend. At one point Bruno used high-vis paint to check the aero flow as the team works on its latest package. He was 16th fastest with a time of 1m 53.765s.

Vitaly was less fortunate as his session was further shortened due to an installation problem on the team’s new tighter bodywork package. He still ended up 18th courtesy of a lap of 1m 54.736s and his car will be ready for FP2.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton went fastest with a lap of 1m 48.599s in a session that started in twilight and finished in the fully dark conditions that will dominate the rest of the weekend.

Free Practice 2

Bruno Senna, R31-04
P12, 1:50.241s, 31 laps

Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P14, 1:50.399s, 29 laps

Following the interrupted first session of free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, Lotus Renault GP got back into its stride in FP2.

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

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After problems with the track shortened FP1, the kerbs were removed from the inside of Turn 13 for the second session. In the heat of the Singapore night, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov duly made up for lost time as they both ran trouble-free for the full 90 minutes.

Bruno spent the first half of the session on the Pirelli ‘soft’ tyre before switching to the supersofts midway through. His first lap on the softer rubber was his best of the night – 1m 50.241s – and the 12th fastest of the drivers in action. He then put in a long run to complete his day’s work.

Vitaly had to sit out some of the morning’s shortened session due to problems with the new radiator arrangement so the team reverted to the standard-spec for FP2. He also ran with the soft tyre for the first 45 minutes before a run on the supersofts produced his fastest time, 1m 50.399s. He then finished off his day with a long run, though a glitch meant he was unable to benefit from his KERS.

The fastest car overall was the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, who set a lap of 1m 46.374s round the twists and turns of the artificially-lit street circuit.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Heikki Kovalainen , Sebastian Vettel , Bruno Senna , Vitaly Petrov
Teams McLaren , Renault F1 Team
Tags boullier, lotus renault, marina bay, petrov, senna, singapore gp