Lotus has returned to Formula One testing by topping the timesheets on the opening day at Barcelona, Spain.
The team was forced to pull out of the previous test in Barcelona after a fundamental front-suspension issue arose on the opening day of running.
Romain Grosjean completed a late run on soft compound tyres to top the day’s times while the majority of teams focussed on long runs.
Jenson Button’s time from the morning’s running was good enough to remain second for McLaren, while Sergio Perez (Sauber), Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) rounded out the top five.
Grosjean told reporters at the circuit that the revised Lotus feels no different than it had prior to its front-suspension modification.
“Not at all, nothing really different,” said Grosjean. “It doesn’t change much. Exactly the same good feeling as in Jerez, we can push and we can trust the car – and you can really play with it, which is enjoyable.
“When you have a problem you are a little bit wondering what is going on, so we checked all day long that everything was fine – but I knew what we needed to do to repair the car and make it strong, and when we left we got much stronger.
The Marussia and Hispania squads are both absent from the Jerez test, with the Russian owned team’s 2012 car having recently failed its final FIA crash test.
See below for the full Day 1 times.
|4||Mark Webber||Red Bull||1m23.830s||+0.578|
|6||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1m24.216s||+0.964|
|7||Paul di Resta||Force India||1m24.305s||+1.053|