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Lotus showing good shape at Monza

Both drivers, Raikkonen and Grosjean, clocked identical times in the last session, enough for third best.
Friday, September 6, 2013

MONZA, September 6th, 2013 (F1plus).- It was sunny day at Monza. A nice atmosphere to register third best time in practice, something that Lotus is enjoying twice as much, since both drivers clocked the exact same time of 1:25.116 in the afternoon session.

The highlight of the day was the bold move by Lotus of bringing Raikkonen’s car with a longer chassis configuration on his E21 to see if it adapts better to Monza’s high speeds.

All teams set their cars with a low drag to make the most of the endless straights and lack of high aero corners.

So far, it seems to be working well, as both performances were very close from Webber’s times (second best) but a bit far from a huge Vettel who commanded the field by more than .600.

Grosjean pace was just as good as Raikkonen, which put pressure on the team to make a decision for tomorrow in regards the set-up.

“The car felt pretty normal for me today and we’re going to look at the data in order to make a decision on whether to use today’s specification or the older one. It doesn’t feel much different to me so it’ll be a decision based on what the data says.

“Today we were a little surprised to be third fastest, but we’re still quite far away from the fastest cars. There are still some areas for improvement so hopefully we can find more speed for tomorrow.” The 2007 Champion said.

It’s been clear for a while now that Romain is gaining in confidence with every race and showing more and more of his talent. Today’s matching of Kimi’s time is another sample.

“We had a productive day today. The timesheets showed that Kimi and I were very close, however that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot. Kimi tested the new long wheelbase car and from today’s work we have sent data back to the factory and we will see what the outcome is when analysis comes back.

“As drivers, our feedback on the feel of the car is also key. It is hard to precisely compare the two though; it could provide more brake stability which is what we all want here in Monza, however each driver also has their own braking style.” Grosjean said.

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