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Chassis problem brings Lotus test to a standstill 21 Feb 2012

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E20.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E20.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lotus will miss the rest of Tuesday’s test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya because of an issue with their car. Driver Romain Grosjean had completed just a few laps in the second E20 chassis during the morning session when the team decided to abandon their test programme.

“This morning was our first shakedown of our second chassis,” explained trackside operations director Alan Permane. “Once the car was on track it was soon evident that everything wasn’t quite as it should be. As a precaution we are returning the chassis to Enstone for further investigation. Chassis E20-01, which we used in Jerez, is being sent over and we expect to be on track with that chassis tomorrow.”

Team principal Eric Boullier added: “This is a minor setback to our overall test programme. Fortunately we accumulated good mileage in Jerez. If this is the only issue we have during testing then we will still be well prepared for the start of the season. We’ll be back on track tomorrow.”

The new Lotus enjoyed a positive debut at Jerez earlier this month, with driver Kimi Raikkonen clocking the fastest lap on day one and Grosjean setting the best time of the week for a 2012 car.

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