2014 F1 season
Lotus admit they have a lot of work to do before the first race in Australia as they still have much to learn about their E22.
“We’ve ended our pre-season test programme with a lot of unknowns and a full workload for the days ahead,” said trackside operations director Alan Permane at the end of the final test in Bahrain.
Romain Grosjean managed only 32 laps on the last day as Lotus installed software updated on his car in the morning and suffered a Renault power unit failure in the afternoon.
“We’re all focused, both at Enstone and in Viry, on analysing all the data we have gained to make as much improvement as we can before we get to Australia for the first race of the season. Today we put some more mileage on the E22, but once again we stopped early, which is obviously not what we wanted,” said Permane.
“There will be some long days and nights before the first race but we are determined to make as much progress as possible.”
Grosjean conceded the team’s situation heading into the first race of the year was less than ideal.
“There is a lot of new technology for everyone to understand, but even though we have stopped many times and spent a lot of time in the garage, each time we run the car we are learning something new,” he said.
“We’re all working as hard as we can in Enstone and I’m sure that Renault Sport F1 is doing the same. We now have two weeks to find a lot more performance and reliability.”
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