Lotus News Article

C’mon Let Me Ride - Barcelona Test, Day 4

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 14:15
Kimi Räikkönen returned to the cockpit of the E21 following yesterday’s absence through illness, only for the gearbox of his car to issue its own sick-note.
E21, Lotus F1 Team, Barcelona, Testing, Kimi Raikkonen 3
Kimi Räikkönen, Barcelona Testing Day 4

The E21 remained in the garage for much of the morning as the team diagnosed, rectified and replaced the gearbox for Kimi to run in the afternoon; the Finn eventually completing 50 laps and setting the fifth fastest time of the day.

Fast Facts:

  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Sunny, dry, ambient 6-18°C, track 8-26°C
  • Programme: System checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with updated aerodynamic package (including new front and rear wing evaluation), set-up changes
  • Laps Completed: 50
  • Classification: P5, 1:21.568
  • Interruptions: Gearbox fault investigation and subsequent change

What’s Next?

We head to Melbourne for the first race of the season.