2010 F1 newcomer Lotus Racing made its official test debut today [Wednesday] at Jerez with test and reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy covering more than 300 kilometres.
While bad weather left the track wet for the start of testing this morning and intermittent rain showers continued to disrupt the action throughout the day, Fauzy had no problems.
Indeed despite a lack of power steering, due to supplier issues, he successfully completed the planned programme, notching up 76 tours in total. His best lap was a 1 minute 31.848 seconds.
Fauzy, who needed to complete around 300 kilometres in order to qualify for his Super Licence, was delighted with his first day behind the wheel of the recently launched T127.
“First of all I want to thank the team. To arrive here and complete 76 laps is fantastic,” Fauzy reflected. “It was a big challenge, both to complete the 300kms I need for the Super Licence, and with no power steering it was difficult to drive in the dry, not so bad in the wet, so I was driving a bit conservatively but I am just very pleased.”
Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne meanwhile was similarly happy with the days work and he praised Fauzy's professionalism.
“It's been an excellent day for the whole team. Firstly I want to say a big thank you to Fairuz who did an excellent job with the first proper day of running,” Gascoyne confirmed. “With so much going on, such as doing systems checks, it can be a pretty disjointed day for the driver.
“When you add into that the changeable conditions, and also the fact we were running without power steering today, it could have been a tricky day for Fairuz but he didn't put a foot wrong so well done to him and a big thank you.
“With the car we had no major reliability issues – a few niggles with overheating which were quickly solved and then the car ran pretty faultlessly. The power steering issue will be fixed for tomorrow so all in all a very successful first day and a busy evening ahead preparing the car for tomorrow.”
Former Renault and McLaren man Heikki Kovalainen will now take over driving duties for the next two days before Jarno Trulli joins the action for the final day of testing on Saturday.