Lotus: Certainly we are behind schedule

Romain Grosjean Lotus E22

Romain Grosjean Lotus E22

Romain Grosjean ended the third day of this week’s Bahrain test with 33 laps completed after a power unit problem curtailed his running. Romain set a best lap time of 1:42.166 as the team continued work with the E22. Lotus F1 Team will commence the final day of pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit with Romain once more at the wheel.

Fast Facts:

  • Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4 km
  • Chassis: E22-02
  • Weather: Sunny and cloudy ambient 23-29°C, track 26-37 °C
  • Programme: Evaluation of new parts.
  • Laps Completed: 33
  • Classification: P10, 1:42.166
  • Interruptions: Wiring problem. Power unit problem.

What’s Next?
Romain will drive for the final day of testing at Bahrain International Circuit tomorrow.

Romain Grosjean: “It wasn’t a perfect day! For the time we were on track we were certainly learning, but it is true to say that we haven’t been as successful as we wished in our preparations so far. This doesn’t mean that everything is lost or that it will be impossible for us to win races, but certainly we are behind schedule. We’ll just keep working together to get on top of the situation and get some more time in the car.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “Today we had a wiring issue in the morning, which meant we started our running late, and an MGUK problem in the afternoon, which meant we ended our running early. It would be an understatement to say that this is not how we wanted our day to go. We are doing everything we can to ensure we get more running tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing.”

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  • karlich

    So if Horner says Red Bull are 10 days behind schedule, then Lotus, having skipped Jerez, are what… 6 days behind schedule? 😀

    C’mon now, show those other tusks that 2 is always better than 1!

  • Tamburello1994

    Red Bull cut out on Jerez early so they’re both in the same boat as far as I’m concerned.

    Lots of big talk from Lotus and so far, the effort leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe starting to look like a case of letting their battleship mouth over row their rowboat a$$.