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27 August 2011
Lotus Renault GP: Belgian Formula One GP 2011
26 August 2011
Free Pactice 1
Bruno Senna opened his Lotus Renault GP account alongside Vitaly Petrov at the renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
In damp conditions, both drivers started with the medium compound before switching to inters as weather conditions worsened.
The Brazilian set the session’s 23rd fastest time, completing a lap in 2min 14.340secs when on the intermediate tyres. It was following this that he slid off the track, as his car rear collided with the tyre wall, bringing a premature end to his session.
Meanwhile, his Russian counterpart finished one place ahead of him in 22nd. Vitaly took to the track and set a time of 2min 13.601secs also on the intermediate Pirelli compound.
On the 20th anniversary of his Formula 1 career, veteran Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of 1min 54.355s ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg and Britain’s Jenson Button.
Bruno Senna emerged as the faster Lotus Renault GP race driver after ongoing variable weather conditions at the Spa Francorchamps circuit during the second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bruno enjoyed a trouble-free run to set a 1min 53.835secs lap whilst Vitaly Petrov had his session curtailed as the team investigated an issue with the power steering system on his R31.
Bruno ended the day with the 17th fastest time of the session, despite being baulked when the circuit was drying; Vitaly missed out on setting a lap time on dry tyres due to his steering investigation, and ended the session with the 24th fastest time, set on intermediate tyres.
Both drivers used the soft slick Pirelli and the intermediate tyres, Bruno also used the wet tyre during the course of the 90 minutes.
On the eve of his 35th birthday, Mark Webber set the fastest lap time of the session, a 1min 50.321secs, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
27 August 2011
Bruno Senna headed Lotus Renault GP team-mate Vitaly Petrov in Saturday morning’s FP3 session ahead of qualifying at Spa Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bruno posted a time of 2min 11.664secs in difficult variable wet conditions, using Pirelli’s intermediate tyre. Vitaly posted a 2min 13.290secs using the same rubber specification.
The session start was accompanied by an intensification of rainfall at the Ardennes track, meaning that both of Pirellis rain tyres were used, the full wet followed by the intermediate.
On his 35th birthday, Mark Webber showed his birthday presence with the session’s fastest time, a 2min 08.988secs, heading Lewis Hamilton and Jaime Alguersuari.
Bruno Senna qualified a superb seventh in his debut qualifying for Lotus Renault GP in treacherous conditions in Spa Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bruno kept a level-head as his R31 danced over the difficult conditions brought about by the notoriously fickle Ardennes weather, using first intermediate tyres through Q1 and Q2, and then soft slicks in Q3 to emerge with his best-ever F1 qualifying performance with a 1min 51.121secs lap.
Vitaly Petrov fell foul of a spin on what could have been his fastest lap in Q3, but nevertheless will line up in tenth position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix after setting a 1min 52.303secs lap
Reigning Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position for tomorrow’s race, taking pole with a time of 1min 48.298secs. Lewis Hamilton will line up alongside Vettel and birthday boy Mark Webber behind.
28 August 2011
LRGP took ninth position in the Belgian Grand
Prix at Spa Francorchamps, showing promising
pace from the R31 with its latest upgrade
package running for the first time in dry
conditions. Vitaly Petrov battled with a late
brake issue to come home in the top ten, whilst
Bruno Senna finished in 13th on his LRGP debut.