Lotus News Article

Return to Sender - Barcelona Test, Day 3

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 17:30
With scheduled driver Kimi Räikkönen sidelined through illness, Davide Valsecchi and Romain Grosjean both took turns in the E21 for today’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
E21, Lotus F1 Team, Barcelona, Testing, Romain Grosjean 4a
Romain Grosjean, Barcelona Testing Day3

Vastly improved weather on day three in Barcelona meant that Davide made his E21 debut on a dry track, completing 16 laps of familiarisation and exhaust / aero assessments to set the eleventh quickest time of the day.

After a brief stop-over in Paris, Romain returned to take over for the afternoon; completing 46 laps and ending the day with the tenth fastest time.

Fast Facts:

  • Track: Barcelona, Spain, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-02
  • Weather: Sunny, dry, ambient 9-17°C, track 11-24°C
  • Programme: System checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, assessment of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package, new rear suspension set-up evaluation, new rear wing evaluation, driver orientation.
  • Laps Completed: Romain: 46. Davide: 16. Total: 62
  • Classification: Romain: P10, 1:23.380. Davide: P11, 1:23.448
  • Interruptions: Red flags, altering car set-up for driver changes

What’s Next?

Provided he is fit to return to the cockpit, Kimi will take the wheel tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing.