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Lotus hopeful more to come

Romain Grosjean says Lotus has more to come despite solid show in Friday practice at Yas Marina
Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean said they feel confident there is more to come from their car despite setting top six times in Friday practice in Abu Dhabi.

As has been the norm this season, the team used the Friday sessions to try out a number of new parts, with Grosjean evaluating new chassis wings en-route to the fifth best time.

The Frenchman admitted afterwards that he hadn't sent the best time possible in his run on the option tyres, leaving him optimistic of challenging the cars ahead in both qualifying and in the race.

“Looking at today's times I think it's possible for us to be battling nearer to those ahead of us this weekend, as I think we can still improve our lap times,” he said. “I did not drive the best lap of my life with the option tyres today; with the first set of options you put on you have to go for it, so I think I can still improve a little bit. To get in front of the cars ahead of us will be difficult, but we will try, so why not? We had some updates that worked well, so we will keep them.”

Raikkonen was one place further back as he ran an update to the team's Coanda-style exhaust and the Finn said he was hopeful of more pace being found for Saturday's running.

“We were good on Friday in India and we've been strong again here in Abu Dhabi today. We tried a few new parts on the car in both sessions and we have some things to go through before tomorrow. Our lap times seem to be pretty okay so far; hopefully we can find a little bit more pace for tomorrow in practice and then again for the qualifying session.”



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Tony - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 8:01 AM

It's Like Ferrari then comes race day and they Strike from behind eg Alonso and Webber!! good moves But!! it's too LATE. Hidden power. also Massa same moves. perhaps engine care!!



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