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Allison: Jerez test gives more optimistic form for E21

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Lotus F1 team technical director James Allison says that Jerez test offered more optimistic form for E21. New E21 also proved to be one of the most reliable of the expected 2013 frontrunners.

Kimi Raikkonen set top fastest lap-time in the final day of 2013 Formula 1 first pre-season test at Jerez.

The Iceman set final day best time in the afternoon session with Soft compound; he completed 83 successive laps, best time with 1:18.148.

“After the orgy of work at the factory to prepare the car over the winter months, it is always a welcome relief once the testing campaign finally kicks off,” said Allison.

“Not because the pressure backs off, but because we get a chance, finally, to see what we have been working on. It is tremendously exciting for the whole team, but very nerve wracking as well.

“We desperately want the performance to be good, but we are all aware of the thousands of potential traps in bringing a complex car to the track for the first time.

“The car seems competitive, and while there is always a background hubbub of problems to be solved, we are delighted with the basic reliability of the E21.”

“With Jerez now behind us, our thoughts have already turned to Barcelona in 10 days’ time. There is a mountain of work ahead, but we are looking forward to our next opportunity to run the car.”


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