Lotus F1 Team press release
Barcelona Day 2 – Test summary
Lotus F1 Team went fastest, and one lap shy of furthest today on the second of four days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain.
All in all it’s been a good day.
Once again the Spanish sunshine beamed down on the Circuit de Catalunya today, as Romain completed a mammoth 124 laps – almost 600 km – in the E20, including a race distance simulation. He ended the session with a best lap time of 1:22.614 – the fastest of the day by over half a second:
"I’m very happy with the car, and it was great that we could still run strongly at the end of the session, even after a long stint. Today was the first race distance I’ve completed in a long time and I’m feeling pretty good. No doubt my neck will be a little sore tomorrow, but the rest of me is fine!”
The morning didn’t get off to the ideal start for Romain, however with help from the team his feeling in the car improved dramatically:
“At the start of the day we suffered slightly with tyre degradation, but we changed a few things and this improved as the day went on.”
Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane was equally pleased with the day’s work, in particular the faultless reliability of the E20:
“All in all it’s been a good day. The car was once again very reliable, and we completed a lot of laps. Romain wasn’t particularly happy with the car first thing this morning, but we steadily improved it over the day. In the afternoon we completed a full race distance including pit stops. We then went for a couple of setup runs at the end as we had a bit of time left over which was an unexpected surprise.”
“Tyre performance looks good; in particular during the last stint where we used a set of hard tyres and managed around 27 laps with very low levels of degradation which is encouraging.”
Kimi will take the wheel of the E20 for the first time at Barcelona tomorrow morning, with the session scheduled to begin at 09h00 CET.