Heikki Kovalainen enjoyed a good first day with Lotus in Austin, finishing Free Practice 2 in fifth place.
His only real problem was that he was moving around in the seat – adapted from Kimi Raikkonen’s – but the team is making a new one for him overnight.
“I didn’t really have any objectives other than to lean on it as soon as possible, trying to be on the edge as soon as I felt comfortable,” said the Finn. “I think we achieved that reasonably well today. The car was well balanced almost straight away, so we didn’t have to chase the setup too much. Perhaps the tires here as well they are not going away straight away, so they give you a few more laps to try That worked quite well, I was able to get a feel for it quite quickly and push it and lean on it.