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Lotus quits Montmelo tests early


2012 Formula One Barcelona Test Day One
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
21st February 2012
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team. 
World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic
ref: Digital Image _Q0C8529  Barcelona test finishes early for Lotus F1 Team, they will not run for the remainder of the second test at Barcelona, scheduled from 21st until 24th February.

  During initial runs in the morning with Romain Grosjean at the wheel, the team identified an issue with the chassis. After further investigations at Enstone factory, initial plans to bring out chassis E20-01 to Barcelona have been held in order to give the team enough time to rectify the situation therefore a decision has been made to stop all tests and come back prepared next week in Barcelona (1-4 March).

  James Allison, Technical Director said: “Before we were due to fly chassis E20-01 out to Barcelona in replacement of chassis E20-02 – damaged this morning – 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. 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.”

  Eric Boullier, Team Principal added: “Not running this week has been a tough decision to take, but we feel that our choice is the right one. On the positive side, we have quickly identified the issue with the chassis and our design office has already devised a solution. We will be present at next week’s test in Barcelona. 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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