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13 February 2011
Jerez Test 10-14 February 2011, Team Lotus comments
Day 1, 10 February 2011
JARNO TRULLI: "The car does feel pretty good, but the problem this afternoon did limit our total time on track. Despite that we are still where we want to be - close to the midfield and in a car that we still have a lot more to add to. I think there is still a lot more to come from the car so I'm very positive and looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow."
DIETER GASS, SPORTING DIRECTOR: "We started the day well and had a good morning session. For the first time we were able to do meaningful setup work and start being able to understand the aerodynamics of the car. Unfortunately we had a small problem this afternoon which limited our running, but the team worked well to rectify it and we managed to give Jarno another 45 minutes at the end of the session. We will take another look at the problem tonight and will make sure it does not affect us tomorrow."
Day 2, 11 february 2011
JARNO TRULLI: "The morning went well for us. We managed to do a decent number of laps and put in a couple of quite long runs but then we had to stop with a mechanical issue which could not be fixed in time for me to go out again today. I would have liked to have had more running today but this is all part of testing a brand new car - we need to iron out the problems now so when the races start we have ironed out all the problems. Hopefully Heikki can put in some decent mileage over the next couple of days and really start to push the development of the car."
DIETER GASS, SPORTING DIRECTOR: "We had a promising start to the day. We found some interesting results from the setup work we did and have continued to learn more about the Pirelli tyres and how to maximise their grip levels on the car. Overnight we were able to fix the issues we had yesterday but unfortunately we had a mechnical problem at the front of the car that we were not able to fix in time today, but the spare parts we need are arriving from the factory tonight so we will be in good shape for Heikki to get into the car tomorrow."
Day 3, 12 february 2011
HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: "Today was very
encouraging and I really enjoyed driving the car.
I still have the same feeling that I had in
Valencia - it's fundamentally a good car and
there's a lot more to come from it. We managed
to make very good progress today, even though we
had a problem with the exhaust we still managed
to get through most of the programme. The guys
worked well to fix the problem, and by the end
of the day we had made a number of setup changes,
run through all the tyre compounds and had run
on a variety of fuel loads. This morning we
tried the DRS in race mode and even though I had
thought the procedure to initiate it might be
pretty complicated it actually all worked easily.
Once you get used to it the system is pretty
simple. I used it in both race and practice mode
and it returns to position well so I have no
problems under braking and am very happy with
how it all works. By the time the day eneded we
finished right in the mix so we're all pretty
happy with the day's work."
Day 4, 13 February 2011
KOVALAINEN: "The combination of a number of
small issues throughout the day and different
weather conditions than the last three days
meant we had a bit of a disrupted day but we did
manage to take another step forward with the
setup options and that lap at the end proves
there is good pace in the car. We spent quite a
lot of time looking at how to find the best
balance settings with the tyres and it looks
like we keep moving forward in that area. It's a
little unfortunate that we had a stop / start
day but this is what testing is about. We have a
few days now to work on ironing out the issues
and look to Barcelona to start working on long
runs so I leave Jerez in a positive frame of
mind and am already looking to get back in the
car next week."