“I think the car exceeded our expectations,” Thompson said.
“It was amazing, considering that we had completed only a few laps before today. The second free practice was a good representation of the potential of the car.
“In qualifying I made a good safe lap, but a very safe one. I think that with two more runs we could have probably made the top ten. The car is very well balanced; the engine is very drivable, the chassis is a very good starting point.
“Both of them we can fine tune to close the gap very quickly. Especially if we can work without being under the pressure of a racing weekend.”
The Russian car improved throughout, starting with the 19th fastest lap in first practice (1.7 seconds off the pace) to ninth in second practice (1.4 seconds off).
Thompson then set a promising 1:56.527 in Q1 before having his progress was halted by mechanical problems.
“We had a fuel feeding problem,” LADA Sport team pricinple Victor Shapovalov said.