• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Lotus position in FP2 false - Permane

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Romain Grosjean was 14th in both free practice sessions, one place better off than Kimi Raikkonen © Press Association
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Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes that the team was in a false position in FP2 in Canada.

Romain Grosjean was 14th quickest, one place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen with both drivers over a second off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton. With the team running supersoft tyres in the morning session, Permane said that the times set in FP2 were not representative of the car's overall qualifying pace.

"We ran the option tyres in first practice with some high fuel loads," Permane said. "The rain held off so we ended up running just one set of tyres for second practice which is why our times looked a little bit slower than others'. Neither driver was 100% happy with their car, so we spent some time working with setup changes. Romain felt his car was a little too biased to the front, but he was much happier with the changes made. Kimi paid attention to improving his car over the kerbs as it was a little bit too harsh to start with; steadily improving through the day. I'm confident our finishing positions in FP2 will not reflect where we'll be in qualifying tomorrow."

Grosjean agreed with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen's view that warmer temperatures on Saturday would help Lotus.

"Today was my first time at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and I really enjoyed it," Grosjean said. "It's not an easy track, and the weather wasn't what we're expecting for the rest of the weekend so it's a shame not to get some running in warmer conditions. We've spent a lot of time learning how the car behaves here and trying a few different things with the setup. We have a good amount of data, but obviously we'll need to work just as hard tomorrow if the temperatures are higher. The car felt good and we did a few laps on the super soft tyres as well, so overall it was quite a useful day."

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