F1 2015 Barcelona Testing

Lotus pleased with outstanding reliability of the E23

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Romain Grosjean set quickest lap-time in fourth day of pre-season test in Barcelona and today highlights the Fernando Alonso’s strange crash in McLaren-Honda.

Fifteen minutes ahead of lunch break he went off the circuit at the exit of Turn 3 and right-hand side of his car to strike the wall, finally stop on the run down to Turn 4. Quickly the Spaniard was airlifted to hospital for physical condition checks. Evening McLaren published a statement that “He was conscious and spoke with the doctors”.

“It was great to get behind the wheel of the E23 once more,” Grosjean said following the test.

“We made some good improvements with the balance and set-up over the course of the day and it felt a lot better after we made changes for the afternoon. We completed a very promising mileage and it’s always good to see your name at the top of the timing monitors, even if it is far too early to know what everyone else is doing.” He added

Reaction on second pre-season test stint, E23 sets the pace in three of four days; Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester was very happy with reliability.

“It was good to have Romain in the car so we could add his feedback to that we’ve already received here from Pastor and Jolyon,” he said.

“Today was particularly windy, making it harder to work on car balance assessments, but we conducted a productive race simulation in the afternoon as well as other performance evaluations.”

“We’ve enjoyed a solid first test in Barcelona with good reliability and encouraging performance,” he said. “The biggest positive we have seen so far is the reliability of the E23 which is enabling us to push along with our assessments and evaluations over the course of 361 laps or 1680km.”

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