Final day of Barcelona test cut short for Lotus


Jarno Trulli - Photo credit: Pirelli
Jarno Trulli - Photo credit: Pirelli

An accident for Jarno Trulli this morning meant that, for Team Lotus, the final day of testing in Barcelona ended prematurely.

The accident at Turn 9 of the Circuit de Catalunya, less than 100 minutes into the day, resulted in damage that could not be fixed at the track, and so the team had no choice but to pack-up early with just 18 laps completed.

“It’s obviously disappointing to have the test cut short like this but these things happen in motor racing,” said Trulli. “We started the day well and until the accident happened I had picked up where I left off yesterday – the car has good balance, pace we can build on and has the potential to help us take the fight to the midfield, so I’m leaving here feeling confident about the season ahead and am looking forward to the next test, wherever that will be.”

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne revealed the accident was not down to driver error on Trulli’s part, and chose to reflect on a productive week here in Spain.

“Unfortunately the day was cut short due to the accident Jarno suffered this morning at turn 9,” he said. “It was not his fault – it was caused by a car failure and we were missing a part we needed to put the car back together which meant we had to cut day four short.

“Despite this I still think there are a great deal of positives to take from the test in terms of the pace of the car and the fact that we are on top of the reliability issues. With that in mind we leave here with work to do but still on target for where we want to be.

“We will wait to see where the next test will be held and with the time we now have back at the factory we will be working hard to make sure we run through our complete programme at that test.”