October 5th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- The Lotus F1 team decided that it will not run its rear wing 'device' at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix after evaluating its results during the first practice session and realized that it did not produced much of an advantage.
The often called "double DRS" was added to the car for first time since practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, but again the team struggled to get it working properly.
"We evaluated ‘The Device’ in the morning but were unable to make it switch effectively so we won’t be using it for the rest of the weekend." The Teams' Technical director, James Allison, said.
Kimi Raikkonen did not have a good day today. He was able to cover only 34 laps. First he had issues with setting up the DDRS and other upgrades that at the end limited his appereance to 22 rounds.
"It worked a little bit but we are not going to run it."
"Plus we had some other issues during the running so it didn't help again to get the best idea." Said Raikkonen.
Then in the afternoon, Kimi suffered a coolant-leak induced KERS issue in the afternoon meaning he missed most of the session. His best time was only 14th best during the entire day.
“We didn’t get much running because of the issue with the KERS, but at least it happened today and we got it fixed. It wasn’t ideal for helping us find the best setup but there’s nothing you can do about these things. Suzuka is not the easiest place to get the car set up, but we still have tomorrow’s practice before qualifying.
I think we have the potential to be nearer the front than we have done in the last couple of races." Raikkonen added.
His teammate Romain Grosjean had a better day as he was able to go for longe runs. The 56 laps (combined) for the session was good enough to put him with the sixth best time (2nd sesion) of the day.
“Not a bad day overall. The car felt much better in the afternoon than it did this morning ; we’re still not quite where we want to be but the team has been working hard and hopefully we’ll make a similar step forward tomorrow.
Suzuka is not an easy track on the car ; the demands on the tyres are really high but the car felt consistent with both compounds which is a big positive. It’s hard to say if P6 is the kind of position we’ll be in qualifying ; there are definitely still a few tenths we can find so let’s see what happens tomorrow.” Grosjean declared.