Lotus F1 Team deployed a limited lap strategy in response to wet weather conditions at the Suzuka International Racing Course for the opening day of the Japanese Grand Prix. Pastor and Jolyon ran in the morning; Pastor and Romain in the afternoon.Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes •Pastor and Jolyon only completed installation laps in FP1. They used Pirelli’s wet (blue) tyres for this.•Pastor and Romain completed a handful of laps in the afternoon using the intermediate (green) tyre.
What we learned today: •The rain was relentless.
Jolyon Palmer, E23-04Free practice 1: P18, No Time Set, 1 lapJolyon: “That was a pretty good first installation lap at Suzuka! Seriously, conditions were very slippery and there was no point risking the car which is why myself and Pastor just completed a single lap before parking for the rest of the session. Of course it’s frustrating not to get more laps in, but you can’t change the weather.”Romain Grosjean, E23-04Free practice 2: P15, 1:52.534, 6 lapsRomain: “We went out and validated that it was wet and slippery then I sat out most of the session as there’s not much to be learn in conditions like we saw today. The car felt okay, but it’s not the time to take risks. Tomorrow will be interesting as we think it should be dry, we have a lot of tyres available and a lot of work to be done.”Pastor Maldonado, E23-03Free practice 1: P17, No Time Set, 1 lapFree practice 2: P10, 1:51.557, 7 lapsPastor: “A wet Suzuka circuit is a fun place to be, but there’s no point risking the car when there’s not much to be learnt so most of the sessions were spend in the garage. We think the rest of the weekend will be dry, but the car felt pretty stable if we do see rain again.”Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a day of persistent rain at Suzuka so we only ran installation laps in the morning then a handful of laps in the afternoon. We used both the wet and intermediate tyres, but haven’t touched our dry tyre allocation. The current prediction is for it to be dry for the rest of the weekend, but we’re monitoring this closely. Both cars and all three drivers did everything they needed to today.”