Lotus hopeful of end to chassis problems that led to test debacle

Lotus hopeful of end to problems that led to testing debacle in Barcelona

Lotus technical director James Allison is confident the team have cured the ills that blighted last week's second pre-season test.

The Enstone-based marque were forced to abandon running for the week at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya after just a handful of laps on the opening day of the four-day programme.

Initially explained away as a problem with the chassis, Lotus have now confirmed the specific issue surrounded the mounting of the upper-front wishbone rear arm.

Teething problems: Lotus had to abandon testing in Barcelona

Teething problems: Lotus had to abandon testing in Barcelona

Lotus had planned to fly out from their factory the chassis that had completed significant mileage in the first test in Jerez.

However, further investigations revealed 'a possibility of the same problem reoccurring', according to Allison.

That forced Lotus to pull out of the second test altogether and instead focus on solutions for correcting the problem to ensure the final test that begins in Barcelona on Thursday will hopefully pass without a hitch.

'It's been an intense few days, but I have to say everybody has completed their tasks in tremendous fashion,' Allison told the team's official website.

Technical Director: James Allison of Lotus

Technical Director: James Allison of Lotus

'On the first day back at the factory I spoke to the entire Enstone personnel and clearly explained what happened.

'Everybody understood the situation was unfortunate, but under control.

'We designed the new parts, manufactured them, and fitted them to the chassis. We then completed the necessary tests satisfactorily and the chassis left for Spain.'

Although expressing his confidence regarding the repair, which adds one kilogram onto the chassis, Allison appreciates the time lost last week cannot be regained.

'Of course, missing four days of testing is not ideal,' added Allison. 'We need mileage at this stage of the year, as does any other team. That said, there are reasons to remain optimistic.

'First of all we completed many trouble-free laps in Jerez and gained a good understanding of the car.

'Also, some of the small issues we identified in Jerez needed to be fixed, and the parts were not available last week.

'So tomorrow the car will run with all the required redesigned parts. We're looking forward to being back on track.'

Eleven of the 12 teams will be in Barcelona, with the exception of Marussia, who this week confirmed their absence after failing the last of 18 FIA crash tests which they are to now re-take.