The Frenchman gave the car its public debut on the opening day of the test, but energy store issues with the new Renault V6 Turbo power-unit meant he could only complete eight laps.
“I didn’t have too much work to do today and I certainly had fewer laps than scheduled in the car, but it was still great to get out on track for the first time in the E22,” he admitted.
“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.”
Alan Permane, trackside operations director, said the issues were frustrating, explaining that the team had to replace the troublesome power-unit during the day. “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,” he said.
“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.”
Image courtesy of Lotus F1 Team