Weathered – 2015 Spielberg Test, Day One
Tuesday 23rd June
Lotus F1 Team commenced the first of two days testing at the Red Bull Ring with race driver Romain Grosjean on driving duties. The team remained in the garage during a wet and predominantly red flagged morning, but conditions improved to allow Romain to complete 45 laps in the afternoon and early evening whilst avoiding the occasional returning rain.
Track: Red Bull Ring, Austria, 4.3km
Weather: Very wet morning, predominantly dry afternoon, damper evening. Ambient 12°C – 17°C Track 14°C – 25°C
Programme: Wet set-up evaluations, assessments with aero-rakes
Laps Completed: 45
Classification: P5, 1:11.509
Interruptions: Rain in the morning.
Jolyon Palmer will take to the wheel of the E23 Hybrid tomorrow.
“It was quite a wait to get going whilst it rained in the morning; I spent a lot of time chatting with my engineers and I even thought there might be time for a game of poker! Fortunately conditions were better in the afternoon so we were able to get some productive running done. The damp track did keep me pretty alert, especially as you have to be very careful of the kerbs when running with the aero-rakes and other data logging equipment.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“It wasn’t the most productive of days – certainly the morning was a write-off – but we did manage to dodge the showers in the afternoon to complete some valuable set-up and aero work. The track dried pretty quickly once the heavy morning rain stopped, so we did get a respectable tally of laps given the conditions. Tomorrow has potential for better weather so we’re looking forward to completing more of our programme with Jolyon.”