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Lotus forced to abandon Barcelona for the week 21 Feb 2012

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 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 James Allison (GBR) Lotus F1 Team Technical Director.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lotus will not run for the remainder of this week’s second pre-season test at Barcelona following the issue experienced with the team’s second E20 chassis when it was shaken down for the first time by Romain Grosjean on Tuesday morning.

After discovering the problem, Lotus had initially planned to bring the first E20 chassis - which successfully completed the first Jerez test - to Spain for the remainder of the week, but that plan was abandoned after further investigation at their UK base.

“We ran a series of simulations at the factory based on the data provided by our brief running on track today. As a result, we were able to identify an area which requires some additional work,” explained technical director James Allison.

“It will be more productive for us to carry out these modifications to both chassis at Enstone rather than send E20-01 out to this week’s test. We’ll put the right measures in place and we will be able to fix the problem before next week.”

It means Lotus will not be back on track until the final pre-season test in Barcelona on March 1-4, a serious setback to their 2012 preparations ahead of the season opening Australian Grand Prix on March 18.

“Not running this week has been a tough decision to take, but we feel that our choice is the right one,” added team principal Eric Boullier. “On the positive side, we have quickly identified the issue with the chassis and our design office has already devised a solution.

“We draw faith from the fact that the E20 was quick out of the box in Jerez and showed its reliability there. We have a lot of work ahead of us over the next week but everyone at Enstone is ready for this challenge.”

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