‘Small Issues’ Hamper Team Lotus On Final Day In Jerez

Heikki Kovalainen described the fourth day the second pre-season test in Jerez as ‘stop/start’ after completing just 43 laps for Team Lotus today.

“The combination of a number of small issues throughout the day and different weather conditions than the last three days meant we had a bit of a disrupted day but we did manage to take another step forward with the setup options and that lap at the end proves there is good pace in the car,” said the Finn.

“We spent quite a lot of time looking at how to find the best balance settings with the tyres and it looks like we keep moving forward in that area. It’s a little unfortunate that we had a stop / start day but this is what testing is about. We have a few days now to work on ironing out the issues and look to Barcelona to start working on long runs so I leave Jerez in a positive frame of mind and am already looking to get back in the car next week.”

Team Lotus showed decent pace at times today, finishing sixth fastest and setting a lap quicker than was managed all day by the likes of Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button and, despite the relatively disappointing testing mileage the team have completed this week – with just 198 laps they have managed less than any of the other teams here – sporting director Dieter Gass sounded positive as he look back over the last four days:

“Today was affected by a few issues on the car … but the team has worked extremely hard over the whole test to give both Jarno and Heikki a chance to show what the car can do and our thanks go to them and everyone back in the factory for working so hard. Even with these problems the car does look quick and we have a very good platform to work on in Barcelona and at the final test in Bahrain.”