Team Lotus has had to curtail its final day of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya after a heavy crash for Jarno Trulli caused by a mechanical failure.
The Italian lost control of the T128 on the approach to Campsa corner – the very corner where team-mate Heikki Kovalainen suffered an enormous accident while competing for McLaren in 2008 – and the team did not have the spare parts available to conduct a repair job.
“It was not [Jarno’s] fault – it was caused by a car failure,” said the team’s technical head Mike Gascoyne.
“We are missing a part we need to put the car back together, which meant we had to cut Day 4 short.”
He added: “I still think there are a great deal of positives to take from the test, in terms of the pace of the car and the fact that we are on top of the reliability issues. With that in mind we leave here with work to do but still on target for where we want to be.”
Trulli – who finished an impressive sixth-fastest on the timesheets the day before – was equally disappointed to lose valuable mileage, but was thankfully uninjured in what was a very heavy crash.
“It’s obviously disappointing to have the test cut short like this, but these things happen in motor racing. We started the day well and until the accident happened I had picked up where I left off yesterday,” the Grand Prix veteran said.
“The car has good balance, pace we can build on and has the potential to help us take the fight to the midfield, so I’m leaving here feeling confident about the season ahead and am looking forward to the next test, wherever that will be.”
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