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Amongst other things, Lotus tested a new floor as Romain Grosjean topped the timesheets in Mugello testing on Thursday. The Franco-Swiss, who had shared the top spot with Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber 24 hours earlier, this time set the leading pace alone with his personal best effort of 1:21.035.
“We stopped early for lunch so that we could change the suspension and be out running straight away in the afternoon session,” explained Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane. “In the afternoon we also assessed some new floor updates applicable for Barcelona, as well as a rear suspension update fitted late in the day.”
Behind the wheel, 26-year-old Grosjean was pleased with the new components.
“It was another nice day today, so I have been lucky with the weather here,” said the Bahrain podium finisher. “We continued to work on the car and have gained more valuable data. We made a big change to the car at lunchtime and everything went according to plan. Mugello puts high demands on the driver, so it’s been a very good experience for me – and quite a workout!
“We were conducting a specific programme of evaluating components, so to be quick relative to our opposition even when we were not looking specifically to try to top the times is satisfying. I’m happy with the progress we’ve made here and looking forward to seeing how well this translates into lap time in Barcelona.”
In GP2 last year, the Champion to be – driving for Eric Boullier’s DAMS – suffered a miserable weekend in Barcelona, with one disqualification and one ninth place.
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