The troubled Lotus F1 team will seek the green light from its Formula 1 rivals to be allowed to conduct a three-day private test session during the course of the season,
The Enstone-based outfit was forced to quit during the first day’s running at the Barcelona test when it identified a major flaw in its E20 chassis. Drive Romain Grosjean was so disturbed by the car’s lurid handling at the Circuit de Catalunya that the team elected to pack up and go home in order to investigate the problem.
This pre-season period is limited to just three four-day test sessions – one at Jereaz, two at Barcelona – with next week’s test session being the last before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in mid-March.
But under the current rules, teams can seek to run a private circuit test session in the event that it misses any day of running during these test session, but only if it gets the go-ahead from rival F1 teams. Team who wish to adopt this practice are also limited to just 200 kilometres of running per day in these private tests.
Mercedes GP was successful in its bid to do so, running a private test session with its new W03 chassis at the Barcelona circuit on Sunday, ahead of the current four-day test session. It had elected to pack up after three days’ running during the preceding test session at Jerez.