F1 »

Lotus pleased with solid testing finish

Team Lotus enjoys a solid end to pre-season testing in Barcelona
Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne declared himself happy with the final day of pre-season running for the team in Spain.

Heikki Kovalainen posted the ninth fastest time on a busy day at the wheel of the T128 as the team completed its testing programme ahead of the season opener in Australia later this month.

Despite issues for the car during testing, Kovalainen was able to complete the equivalent of two race distances on the final day, with the Finn confident about the season ahead.

"That is obviously a fantastic end to the tests,” he said. “Everyone in the team has put in a lot of hard work and days like today are the reward. Completing a double-race distance has given us the chance to make a lot of progress on track and we have accumulated a huge amount of data that will be very helpful in Australia, Malaysia and China.

“I'm not only pleased with the mileage we've done today, I'm also pleased with the pace we've shown. It's too early to make predictions but I think we'll go to Melbourne and have a good chance to taking the step forward we want to. A good day!"

Gascoyne was also happy with the final test before the season gets underway as Lotus aims to make progress up the order in its second year in the sport.

"An excellent last day of the test, and a very good way to finish the four pre-season tests,” he said. “We completed our full programme today, worked through a lot of set-up options and also completed two race distance runs which is very satisfying.

“To have finished with a double-race distance is a great effort from the team who have worked extremely hard. It is clear that compared to this time last year we have made a huge step forward so this a great way to finish and now we can look forward to the action in Melbourne."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.03.2011- Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
10.03.2011- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
10.03.2011- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
21.09.2014 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
21.09.2014 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
21.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
21.09.2014 - Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
21.09.2014 - Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
20.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.