Fri: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 22nd August 2014

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Fri: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Fri: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Lotus struggled for pace in Belgium on Friday, finishing at the bottom of the timesheests along with Marussia and Caterham...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "The first practice session went well today. We had a little bit more of a challenge in FP2 with a small technical issue on the rear of the car early on in the run and there was some loss in performance as a result. Given that this is a track which we knew would be a challenge, we focused mostly on finding the right downforce level and getting the set-up where we want it to be. It's likely to be quite a tough weekend but we're optimising every part of the package. You never know what can happen at Spa."

Pastor Maldonado: "I lost the car at the exit of turn nine so that was my afternoon finished. There was a quick hello to the medical centre on the way back to the garage, but I'm fine and the damage to the car is not so much. I'd already been able to determine from the morning that we have a reasonable car here. Certainly, we have potential to fight for a good qualifying session and a good race. We do struggle with our power for the long straights, but it is better than we expected so that's a plus point. We're compensating with the set-up for the second sector so let's see what we can do tomorrow."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "I'm pleased to finish P16 after a good start to the weekend. It's always nice to be racing here in Spa, and of course this track has special associations for me, so it's nice to get back down to the racing here and see positive signs for the days ahead. I am happy with where I finished the day, particularly with respect to the cars around me."

Max Chilton: ""It has been good to get back in the car again and to focus on the weekend ahead. It was a positive afternoon session for me, picking up the programme from Alex, who ran this morning and did a good job. The car feels better with the changes we have made and I'm sure we can continue to improve the package into tomorrow and have a good race on Sunday, hopefully achieving a strong two-car finish for the team."

Caterham:
Marcus Ericsson: "It's good to be back racing - I've been training hard during the summer break and I feel in very good shape. We didn't have the best of starts, as this morning I had issues with the brakes and a few other technical problems, which is not what we needed. Nevertheless, we were able to complete quite a few laps and gather useful information for the weekend. FP2 was a better session for us. We solved the issues we had this morning with the brakes, so that was an improvement, even though we will need to solve a few other things overnight, but it's been a productive day. We've completed plenty of laps running on both compounds, so we have a lot of information that will be vital for the rest of the weekend."

Andre Lotterer: "I'm very pleased with today. This morning's first practice was a good session for me; I got used to the car quite quickly and now I just need to optimise everything in terms of driving style. Considering it was my first time out, it all went according to plan and I was able to get a good feel of what it's like to drive the car. Now we need to keep working like this and continue improving the car. FP2 was another good session and everything went smoothly even though we had to stop a little bit early due to a technical problem. It's definitely been another learning process for me on the option tyre - I went out and I didn't know what to expect, but I think it went very well. We've been able to follow the programme as planned, improving while learning and trying to play with the car slowly. We did some long runs and I'm certainly starting to feel comfortable with everything, even though I'm still in the learning curve."

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