Lotus frustrated by telemetry problems on Day One of the Barcelona test
Kimi Raikkonen was limited to short runs in the E21
By James Galloway in Barcelona
Last Updated: 19/02/13 7:30pm
Although Kimi Raikkonen continued the Enstone team's promising form on the timesheet by all-but matching Nico Rosberg's fastest overall time of the day, the Finn's 44-lap total was the lowest in the 11-car field.
Explaining the reasons behind the relative lack of mileage, Lotus Technical Director James Allison revealed that an intermittent data-logging system had meant they could only carry out a series of short runs.
"It was a bit of a frustrating day as we were confined to doing two lap runs by a telemetry system which would only work sporadically," Allison explained.
"Running what is effectively a brand new car for extended periods without regular feedback as to its condition is not a risk worth taking; especially at this early stage of the season when spare parts are at a premium.
However, with a substitute telemetry system being pressed into service for Day Two, Allison expressed optimism that the early Barcelona delays wouldn't unduly hinder their wider week's work.
"Without today's telemetry fuss we would have completed a lot more laps, but it was never our intention to carry out extensively long stints during this first session," he added.
"We have a full complement of different tests to complete over the coming days from data logging to setup analysis and race simulations, so today will form a useful platform for the remainder of the week.
"We're reverting to an alternative telemetry setup tomorrow, so hopefully that will allow us to rack up the miles."
Despite the evident frustration, Allison admitted it was hard not to take further encouragement from the fact the E21 continued to feature towards the very head of the order.
"At each test we go to, it's always nice to see the car responding well and looking well placed on the leader board," the technical chief conceded.
"The E21 behaved itself reasonably well in Jerez and - much like its predecessor - seems to be doing the same here so it's an encouraging start."