Lotus have been forced to cancel their running in today’s test after discovering a problem with their new E20 chassis.
Romain Grosjean was shaking down the second of the team’s E20s at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Trackside operations director Alan Permane explained: “This morning was our first shakedown of our second chassis.
“Once the car was on track it was soon evident that everything wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót quite as it should be. As a precaution we are returning the chassis to Enstone for further investigation. Chassis E20-01, which we used in Jerez, is being sent over and we expect to be on track with that chassis tomorrow.”
Grosjean said: “We completed a few aero runs and then started timed runs, but I was very quickly aware that the car wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót responding as it should.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós not ideal to lose track time, but fortunately we will have the chassis which ran perfectly in Jerez so I should get some good track time tomorrow. It?óÔé¼Ôäós far better that we have an issue like this now rather than in Melbourne.”
Team principal Eric Boullier called the interruption a “minor setback”.
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