Testing is underway at Bahrain with Lotus as one of the first teams to hit the track.
Pastor Maldonado kicked off the first of two days testing at the Bahrain International Circuit with a curtailed programme due to power unit-related issues. Pastor completed sixteen laps, with a best lap time of 1min 40.183secs, placing him 10th in the day’s classification.
Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4km
Weather: Sunny, ambient 30°C - 32°C, track 34°C - 46°C
Programme: Aero assessment and evaluation
Laps Completed: 16
Classification: P10, 1m 40.183secs
Interruptions: Power unit-related issues
What's Next? Romain Grosjean will drive the E22 tomorrow, for the final day of testing.
Pastor Maldonado: "This morning our programme was focused on aerodynamic work and we achieved a lot, even with a limited amount of laps. This afternoon the plan was to work on performance, evaluating parts and set-ups, however we have not been able to run though the programme due to power unit issues. We need to check and understand what has happened. This is what testing is for even though we would have preferred to have been able to complete more laps today. I hope that Romain can continue to work on our testing programme tomorrow and hopefully have a more positive day."
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “Unfortunately we weren’t able to carry out the programme we had set out to do today as two power unit related failures stopped us far short of what we wanted to achieve. Of course, this is frustrating for everyone involved, but our focus is now very much on getting the most we can out of tomorrow.”
Lotus F1 Team