Grosjean laments poor weather conditions
28 February 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was frustrated by the poor weather conditions experienced at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday, with the Frenchman feeling slightly behind schedule ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Grosjean, who caused the day's first red flag with a spin at Turn 12, was restricted to basic aero runs and correlation of the team's 'DDRS' device. With just one more day behind the wheel before Melbourne, he is still working towards a baseline set-up.
"Not really," Grosjean replied when asked if he was in the position he wanted to be ahead of the first race. "Normally the last test is for you to work with your engineer and fine-tune the car to have a baseline set-up for Melbourne. Basically, with the weather we have today and tomorrow, this is not possible.
"Hopefully it will somehow be dry here tomorrow and we can work on a few things we want to test that we know we cannot do on the race weekend."
Although the weather caused issues, Grosjean felt encouraged by the pace of his E21 in the wet and downplayed the significance of finishing at the foot of the timesheets.
"The car feels good on both the Intermediate and Wet tyres and we've run through more of our pre-season testing programme so those are positives," he added. "You never want to see yourself at the bottom of the timing screens, so hopefully that's the only time it happens this season. We certainly know there's more pace in the car."
Grosjean will remain at the wheel of the Lotus on Friday, completing his final pre-season test day before team-mate Kimi Räikkönen takes over for the weekend.