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3 February 2011
Valencia Test, day 3: Lotus Renault GP fastest in Valencia
Robert set the pace on the third and final day
What we learned today:
- The team measured the downforce produced by the car with some aero runs this morning. This involves running the car at constant speed on the straight. Everything ties up well with the wind tunnel figures.
- Initial set-up work was very productive and the team found some good directions.
- Almost all of the routine systems checks have now been completed, allowing the team to focus on performance work and tyre evaluation in Jerez next week.
Robert Kubica: “I think we can split the day into two halves because we had some problems in the morning and we only managed to do our first real run about 1:30pm. But, after we solved the issues with the car, we managed to do a bit of set-up evaluation and some tyre work. However, because of the time we lost this morning we didn’t complete the laps we targeted, but it’s better to get any reliability issues with the car during testing, rather than when we get to the first race in Bahrain.”
James Allison: “After months of effort from
the whole team, it was great to be on the track
for the first time with the R31 this week. Our
first three days of testing have not been
without incident, but we have managed a good
amount of running, proving out the reliability
and functionality of all the key systems on the
car notwithstanding its rather unusual layout.
The first test has shown that management of the
tyres this season will be absolutely critical,
so it was good to have made some progress in
this regard. We move on to the second pre-season
test next week looking to make further progress
with set-up and tyre management prior to getting
the first race package together in the later