Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Productive day for the Lotus F1 Team

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The Lotus F1 Team were back in action in Jerez on Tuesday as they continued to evaluate their new Mercedes power unit.

Pastor Maldonado was once again behind the wheel of the 2015 E23 chassis. The Venezuelan completed 96 laps, ending the day in fifth place with a fastest time of 1m 22.713s despite a slight delay this morning with a telemetry power issue.

(Lotus F1 Team)

Tuesday was Maldonado’s last day in the car for this test with team mate Romain Grosjean set to take over running the E23 for the final day tomorrow. Maldonado will be back in action for the next test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya. Speaking following today’s running, Maldonado stated:

It was a good day and we’ve learnt a lot more about the E23. The car feels strong and we know there’s more to come. We’re still checking all the systems and learning how everything works, but I’m very happy with progress over the last two days. We were able to run with different tyre compounds today so there’s a good basis for knowing where we need to look in terms of set-up. I’m really looking forward to getting back into the car in Barcelona.

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The team have been on track for two of the three days so far in Jerez and speaking about the progress the Enstone based outfit are making, Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane stated:

We’ve completed a solid programme today and been able to log a lot of data as we begin our initial understanding of the E23. Yesterday’s issues were quickly diagnosed and rectified and today we’ve run very reliably with only a connection issue to delay our first run this morning. Pastor’s jumped straight back into the car after the winter break and has given us everything we’ve needed over the last two days, now we’re looking forward to Romain getting his first taste of the car tomorrow.

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© Ben Johnston 2015

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