Let the Sun Shine – Mugello Test, Wednesday 2nd May 2012


Lotus F1 Team set the pace at the second day of testing at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in Italy, with a time of 1min 21.603s set by Romain Grosjean early in the morning session being the lap to beat. It was equalled late in the day, but never bettered.

Fast facts:
• Track: Mugello, Italy, 5.25km
• Chassis: E20-02
• Weather: Glorious sunshine, clouds, air 14-25°C, track 15-37°C
• Programme: Aerodynamic work, setup work, high and medium fuel runs, data collection and correlation, sun appreciation
• Laps Completed: 97
• Classification: 1st, 1:21.603
• Interruptions: Red flags – no issues for team
• What’s next? Romain Grosjean will take to the wheel of the E20 tomorrow for the final day at Mugello.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team Race Driver:
“It’s always good to end the day on top, but we have to remember that in testing lap times mean very little. Having said that, the car felt great and I was very comfortable from the start. This test gives us an opportunity to try things that we wouldn’t have time to do during a race weekend, so hopefully it’ll help us to keep pushing forward. We’ve done a lot of setup work today, and for sure we’ll need to take some time to look through all the data and analyse what we need to focus on tomorrow, but it’s a good baseline for the final day.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“Romain was very happy with the car straight away. We made a couple of minor balance adjustments to fine tune it for him after Jérôme’s running yesterday and then went into our test programme. Today we were concentrating on different suspension setups, so we had a fairly major change over lunch which took a couple of hours. We’ve got some good data from this which we’ll need to sit down and assess tonight to decide what our strategy will be for tomorrow; i.e. whether we re-test or stick with what we’ve got. The car is working very well here; we’ve run a variety of medium and high fuel loads as we would at a race weekend to assess the effects of the suspension change, and we’re pleased with what we’ve seen. Overall, a positive day.”