On Friday afternoon, Nick climbed into the cockpit of his Lotus Renault GP for the first time this weekend. During the morning session, test driver Bruno Senna had been given the opportunity to gain some experience with the R31. The temperature was a little higher at 23°C, but there were still dark clouds looming over the Hungaroring.
Nick was not very happy after his first few laps, complaining about instability at the rear of his car. After a few adjustments to the rear axle, oversteer turned into understeer, which merely caused more problems, especially when driving over the kerbs. In response, the mechanics set the front of the car slightly lower. Nick then went out on soft tyres and posted his best time of the day – 01:23.861 (+2.843) – which was enough to take him into 14th place.
Nick: “As I only drove in the second session, we tried to make full use of this time and we made good progress with the car. We initially had a lot of oversteer but we made changes which rectified this. We’re heading in the right direction but there is still time to be found from the set-up. The grip level from the circuit seems quite low and there is quite a big difference between the tyres, so tomorrow will be interesting.”
At the top of the timesheets, Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Tomorrow’s third and final free practice session starts at 11am local time.