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Lotus F1 Team: Testing Roundup

A round up of Lotus F1 Team’s testing results so far this year.

Jerez Day One – 5th February

Lotus F1 Team’s 2013 car, the E21, took to the track for the first time with race driver Romain Grosjean at the wheel under bright blue skies in Jerez, Spain.

Romain was the fastest man on track for much of the day, ending the afternoon with the third quickest time. 54 laps were completed as the team went through its first day programme of shakedown and assessment.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4km
  • Chassis: E21-01
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 7-26°C, track 6-21°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, evaluation of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package.
  • Laps Completed: 54
  • Classification: P3, 1:19.796
  • Interruptions: Ballast redeployment and KERS battery change in afternoon.

Jerez Day Two – 6th February

Romain Grosjean ended the second day of testing at Jerez as comfortably the fastest man on track as the team continued its evaluation programme with the E21.

Under blue skies with occasional cloud coverage, Romain completed 95 laps; many of which dipped into the 1min 18s. He ended the day with the best time set thus far this week – a 1min 18.218 secs – with no other car running under 1min 19.000 secs.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4km
  • Chassis: E21-01
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 5-22°C, track 7-28°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, evaluation of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package, tyre performance assessment.
  • Laps Completed: 95.
  • Classification: P1, 1:18.218.
  • Interruptions: Stopped out on track on lap 96 (fuel).

Jerez Day Three – 7th February

Kimi Räikkönen had his first taste of the E21 on track during the third day of testing in Jerez, Spain, ending the day with the 4th fastest time after a programme of aerodynamic assessment.

A crisp morning gave way to glorious blue skies as the team ran through a variety of exhaust evaluations. Running for Kimi ended early due to a clutch issue.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4km
  • Chassis: E21-01
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 5-18°C, track 7-26°C
  • Programme: System checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, evaluation of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package.
  • Laps Completed: 40
  • Classification: P4, 1:19.200
  • Interruptions: Running curtailed early (clutch).

Jerez Day Four – 8th February

Kimi Räikkönen completed his second day at the wheel of the E21 by setting the fastest time to conclude an encouraging week for Lotus F1 Team at the first pre-season test in Jerez.

The Finn ran through a continued programme of aerodynamic assessments as the fine Jerez weather continued. Proceedings today were interrupted by red flag periods including a lengthy pause for track run-off repairs, meaning track running concluded 30 minutes later than billed.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4km
  • Chassis: E21-01
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 5-17°C, track 2-24°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package, exhaust exit evaluations.
  • Laps Completed: 83
  • Classification: P1, 1:18.148
  • Interruptions: Red flags and track repairs.

Barcelona Day One – 19th February

Kimi Räikkönen conducted the first day of running for E21 chassis #2 in Barcelona, completing 44 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya. Though Kimi completed the fewest laps of any driver today, he was nevertheless the second fastest for most of the day, including at the end of the afternoon session.

Telemetry data-logging issues meant the team completed fewer laps than desired, but nevertheless concluded a productive day of assessment of the second E21.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 10-16°C, track 11-22°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package
  • Laps Completed: 44
  • Classification: P2, 1:22.623
  • Interruptions: Red flags, data-logging diagnostics

Barcelona Day Two – 20th February

Kimi Räikkönen concluded his second day of running at Barcelona with a gearbox problem keeping him off the track for much of the morning and part of the afternoon session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Whilst the team ultimately diagnosed and rectified the issue, vital running time was lost. Once Kimi did get out on track, he immediately set the third fastest lap time, which is where he ended the day.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 7-17°C, track 8-24°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package
  • Laps Completed: 43
  • Classification: P3, 1:22.697
  • Interruptions: Gearbox problem diagnosis and replacement

Barcelona Day Three – 21st February

Romain Grosjean completed the first full race simulation for the E21 during the course of an uninterrupted and trouble free day’s running at Barcelona.

The Frenchman completed a total of 119 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya; more than any other team today. During the course of set-up work in the morning, Romain also set the day’s third fastest time.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Cloudy, ambient 9-15°C, track 10-19°C
  • Programme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package, race simulation
  • Laps Completed: 119
  • Classification: P3, 1:22.188
  • Interruptions: None

Barcelona Day Four – 22nd February

Romain Grosjean endured a cold and wet final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, collecting and correlating data whilst getting to grips with Pirelli’s latest wet weather tyres in the inclement Barcelona weather.

Though no technical issues were encountered, a limited lap tally of 41 was the result of the day with the team not opting to set a representative lap time when the track was drier.

Fast Facts:
  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Cloudy, wet, grey, miserable, ambient 7-8°C, track 8-9°C
  • Programme: System checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package.
  • Laps Completed: 41
  • Classification: P10, 1:34.800
  • Interruptions: Red flags, data collection device changes, tea breaks

What’s next?

The team returns to the Circuit de Catalunya for the final four days of pre-season testing, starting on Thursday 28th February.

 

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “Lotus F1 Team: Testing Roundup

  1. A deserved win for Kimi Räikkönen and his team in Australia! While others opted for a three stop strategy at Melbourne’s Albert Park, Lotus proved that the race could be won using a two stop strategy. On top of that, we’ve seen that the E21 car has got the pace to consistently fight with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris. I hope the Lotus F1 team can keep on developing its car throughout the season, make things more difficult for the other teams and give both of its drivers the opportunity to fight for this year’s F1 title…

    Posted by Romero | March 18, 2013, 11:27 am

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