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Boullier keen to make up time

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Lotus had to leave Barcelona to work on fixing its chassis during the second test © Sutton Images
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Eric Boullier says Lotus will try to ensure it makes up for lost time during the final pre-season test in Barcelona.

Having completed only a handful of laps on the first day last week, a fault in the chassis caused the team to miss the remainder of the second test. Speaking to ESPNF1 at the FOTA Fans' Forum in Barcelona on Wednesday night, Boullier admitted that it would be good to get back out on track after being frustrated by the delay.

"Of course [it's good to test again]," Boullier said. "The four days was a sort of setback for us, and the track time we missed we will never get back before the season. But we are obviously making sure that we will make the best use of the next four days.

"Obviously [it's frustrating] when you have only 12 days of testing and it's very crucial for the team to test, but obviously we had enough concerns to take this decision which I think was the best one to do; to stop running and focus on fixing these issues. And now being back on track we'll make sure we can get back and move forward."

Boullier also confirmed that the team would not regain a test day due to a lack of time before the first race.

"No. It's just that now there is a timing issue and we could do it next week but the FIA clarified their position and no team can test next week."

When asked if the mid-season test in Mugello would help soften the blow, Boullier agreed but said the team would still be ready to get the most out of the car in Melbourne.

"Definitely. I will not say the more testing you get the better it is but at least - especially in our position today, we didn't do four days - so to have another three days in Mugello is definitely good."