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Button and Hamilton insist Lotus is a major competitor



McLaren duo Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton says that the Lotus is massively quick and they are expecting Lotus is very competitive this weekend. Lotus speedy Romain Grosjean done consistent job today he was finished second in both practice session.

Kimi Raikkonen set 19th fastest in second practice and his time vanished in the morning session with a steering problem and managed little dry running in the second practices.

Jenson Button done the quickest time before the rain arrived in the afternoon, but did not think his pace was mainly important.

“The cars that looked very fast for me were the Lotus,” said Button. “Their runs whenever they are out look very competitive, so I’d say the Lotus is the car to beat so far this weekend. From P1 to P2 the car has improved, as there was something that I didn’t like in P1, so we’ve tried something different and it’s worked,” said Button.”

“So I’m happy with the way the car feels, but we are still not there yet. We were quickest, but we were one of the only cars to do a timed lap on the super soft. I don’t think it’s massively quick, but the car feels OK and I think there’s a lot of room for improvement. We know the direction that we can take.”

“The important thing on that tyre is to try to get a long run with it, which I don’t think anyone did on high fuel and we don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Button said.

Hamilton admitted that Lotus was a main competitor for this weekend , although he felt several teams had a chance to be near the front.

“The Lotus is massively quick,” he said. “I’m not really quite sure what Red Bull is up to, but I have no doubts they’ll be quick. The Ferrari is very quick.

“The same teams are quick this weekend. I think everyone’s got the chance to fight for the front end, and it’s all about making sure you get out there at the right time, you get the temperature into your tyres and your brakes, and you nail it on the lap that you get.”

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