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Lotus preview quotes – 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus
2011 Qualifying – n/a, 2011 Race – n/a

“It is always nice to go to Hungary. The circuit is not the most difficult of them all, but it is still quite challenging. It is also the last race before the summer break and it’s a great city to end the first half of the season. I have won once in Hungary and finished second three times. It is very hot and very demanding race. It’s only when you win that you don’t suffer at the Hungaroring. I hope I don’t suffer this time.

“The team has been working hard in developing our car and we are confident we should be competitive in Hungary. Usually we have a hot weekend at the Hungaroring, and that’s what we have been looking forward to during the whole summer. It’s such a slow and twisty track that you there are two things most of all which are really important for fast lap times; these are good turn-in and good traction. If you have those, you have a competitive car there.

“This is one of those circuits where it’s very difficult to overtake. Obviously, you need to get to the front in qualifying and you also ideally want to avoid the dirty side of the track on the grid. We haven’t been the best in qualifying so far, but we have been good in the race in hot conditions and able to make different strategies work. It won’t be the end of the world if we don’t qualify at the front, but it won’t make things easy for us either. Let’s see what happens.

“It’s the closest we Finnish drivers get to a home race and a lot of Finns turn up every year. It is always nice to see the blue and white flags waving. Hopefully I will be able to celebrate with a win for them.”

Romain Grosjean, Lotus
2011 Qualifying – n/a, 2011 Race – n/a

“It’s a familiar story; we need to achieve a good qualifying performance. We have a few updates coming which is good news and I’m sure we are going to be better than we were last time out. In terms of conditions, it should be hot and hopefully sunny which will suit our car better than the cold we’ve seen recently, and certainly better than in the cold and wet! The Hungaroring is a circuit that I quite like and one where I have had good experiences in the past. I scored my first GP2 Series pole position there in 2008 and last year I won and finished third, which was a pretty good weekend. Hopefully my past history at the track will help me to have a proper race weekend. Having all sessions in the dry, so we can work properly from beginning to end, will also be very helpful! I’m heading to Hungary with a positive attitude.”

James Allison, Lotus technical director
“If the first ten races of the year are a guide then we will be competitive in Hungary. It is a bit of a broken record, but for us to really live up to the promise we are sure exists in the team we need to qualify on the first two rows of the grid. This is even more important than normal on the twisty Hungaroring circuit.

“We will continue to dial in the new device that we ran in Hockenheim with Kimi. Despite the difficult weather conditions, we did get a good feel of its performance potential from the free practice session and we aim to take it on a step at the Hungaroring.”


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