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Lotus working on performance

ESPNF1 Staff
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Romain Grosjean's 1:18.419 was the fastest time of the test by a 2012 car © Sutton Images

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said that the reliability of the E20 allowed the team to work on performance during the first test at Jerez.

Romain Grosjean set the fastest time of the test by a 2012 car on the third day as Lotus showed encouraging pace during the opening pre-season test. While times are difficult to read in to during testing, Permane admitted that with the team covering 404 laps it was able to work on extracting the raw pace from the car.

"Our main focus for this week has been orientated around accumulating mileage and testing reliability," Permane said. "The E20 has proved to be reliable, meaning we've been able to include some performance work too.

"Our general programme has been to conduct performance work in the morning, when the track is a little cooler and there's less wind. In the afternoons, when the temperatures and winds are higher, we have conducted longer runs with heavier fuel loads."

Permane added that the one issue the team did have came in the form of water leaks but that the team expected to have overcome the problem by the next test.

"Overall during this test we've completed almost 1800 km with the car. We did have a few minor radiator leaks over the course of this test but they were easily identified and we have a solution for Barcelona."