Romain Grosjean said he was pleased with the first day of running for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite a brake problem limiting his time on track during the second free practice session.
The Frenchman had topped the times in FP1, but then managed just 18 laps in the second 90 minutes of running after a brake disc failure resulted in a minor trip of track.
While that left him down in twelfth place on the times, Grosjean said he felt in good shape as he seeks to extend his recent strong run of form with three podium finishes in the last three races.
“It's been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on,” he said. “We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn't the end of the world. The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first session, so I'm sure we'll get on top of everything we need to for tomorrow.”
Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said the team would now work to try and discover the cause of Grosjean's failure.
“As always in Abu Dhabi, we saw two very different sessions on Friday; the first taking place in daylight with very high track temperatures, the second in much more representative evening temperatures which is what we'll see for qualifying and the race,” he said. “We completed limited setup work in FP1 – focusing on setting ride heights rather than car balance – then used FP2 to complete our normal evaluations of the two tyre compounds.
“Unfortunately Romain had a brake disc failure which lost him some track time, and there was a small vibration when he returned to the track so we cut his day short in order to fully investigate this issue.”