Charles Pic and Pastor Maldonado run a successful Barcelona Test
Charles Pic and Pastor Maldonado ran a positive test for Lotus F1 Team at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya finishing each day back at the sharp end of the timesheets. Charles finished his debut run in the E22 in P2 with 70 solid laps under his belt, while Pastor ended today’s running fastest by almost a second after 102 trouble-free and extremely productive laps.
Charles spoke of his first real feel of the 2014 challenger, “It was a good first time in the E22. The new generation of cars are very different from those before with the new power units and all the other changes in how you drive them.” Despite the unusually wet weather which shortened his session, he remained positive, “I didn’t get so many laps in the morning as the weather was very different from what you’d expect for Barcelona, but I think we optimised the day and completed everything we could. It was good day for the team and a good day for me. It felt really great to be in the car – it’s been too long since Brazil last year!”
Pastor finished the second day’s running very happy indeed. “That was a complete day for us and my first normal day of testing this season. We didn’t have any problems and we gained a lot of good running with good track conditions compared to yesterday’s. We ran to plan and completed everything we wanted to do.” Confident that the team has taken another significant step forward, he explained, “we learnt a lot more about the car, the set-up and performance is improving all the time so I’m feeling more comfortable to push too. It’s been a big step forward today which hopefully means we’ll be much better for the rest of the season.”
Trackside Operations Director, Alan Permane was also pleased with the progress both drivers and the team have made. Commenting first on Charles’ run in the car, he said “we didn’t have any reliability issues which allowed us to make good progress. Charles had a lot to learn with the new car and all the various procedures as well as a range of track conditions and different tyres used. He delivered exactly what we wanted from him today; he’s done a very good job.”
In regards to Pastor’s day, he came away positive, “We completed everything we set out to do today including aero assessments, mapping work, energy recovery scenarios, evaluations of set-up and ride height, tyre usage programmes and so on and I’m pleased to say the E22 didn’t miss a beat. We completed over 100 laps today so it’s been very good to see what is possible when we have good reliability. With the data we have collected over the last two days and the progress we’ve made, we’re in much better shape heading to the next races. There is plenty of potential in the E22.”