Lotus hit by energy store issues

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus's public debut of their E22 was truncated after the team encountered issues with the energy store on the first day of testing in Bahrain.

Romain Grosjean took the E22 out on track early on but then spent much of the day in the garage.

Grosjean eventually completed eight laps as Lotus had to change the entire Energy Store Unit.

"Obviously that wasn’t the day we wanted to have and there are few conclusions we can draw so far as our running was so limited," said trackside operations director Alan Permane.

"It’s no secret that we’re frustrated as we want to get laps on the board to understand our new car and all the different elements it contains."

"The power units contain a lot of new technology and certainly we had issues with the energy store unit today. We changed this unit during the course of the day, which is not the work of a moment. Certainly we hope for a better day tomorrow."

Pastor Maldonado had completed 100km of running in the E22 for a filming day at Jerez but in Bahrain it was Grosjean's first taste of the E22.

"I didn’t have too much work to do today and I certainly had fewer laps that scheduled in the car, but it was still great to get out on track for the first time in the E22," he said.

"For me personally it felt good to be back behind the wheel but some issues held us back today. I’m confident that we’ll put today’s problems behind us and we’ll be able to get some good mileage under our belts before we head to Melbourne."

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