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Published - Friday, 18 February 2011

T03 Barcelona - Day One Review

TEAM LOTUS T03 BARCELONA REVIEW - 18 / 02 / 11

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen / Chassis: T128-01
Weather: Grey, cloudy (am) / sunny (pm)
Min/Max track temp: 6˚/ 25˚
Fastest lap: 1.30.065 (lap 37)

T128 Barcelona T03 2011

 

Track description
- Lateral track with high percentage of high speed corners
- Slow-speed traction important through S3
- Medium brake energy
- Bumps at entry to T9 & braking into T10
- Grip level changes depend on conditions (rubbering-in, track temp & wind)
- 1st gear not used on track
- Drivers prefer to do T9 without downshifting    

Circuit Peculiarity      
- Medium bumpiness
- Low overtaking chance
- Smooth / medium kerbs
- Aero settings: high
- Brake wear severity: medium
- Brake cooling necessity: medium
- Track grip evolution over test: high          

18/02/11 Runplan
0900 - 0901:     Run 1, Installation lap (track has standing water in places)
0901 - 0930:     Front and rear brake blanking reduced / brake balance changed
0930 - 0943:     Run 2, 7 laps (pit launch on lap 7)
0943 - 0957:     Front wing flap change
0957 - 1011:     Run 3, 7 laps
1011 - 1024:     Tyre change - circuit drying
1024 - 1036:     Run 4, 6 laps
1036 - 1158:     Water leak fixed, FW flap adj, F/R brake blanking reduced
1158 - 1210:     Run 5, 6 laps
1210 - 1223:     Front wing flap reduced
1223 - 1223:     Run 6, 1 lap launch
1223 - 1236:     Revised engine map
1236 - 1243:     Run 7, 6 laps
1243 - 1403:     Lunch / flap adjustment / new tyre baseline
1403 - 1415:     Run 8, 9 laps
1415 - 1438:     Baseline setup changed to medium
1438 - 1451:     Run 9, 6 laps
1451 - 1513:     Setup change for race simulation tests
1513 - 1524:     Run 10, 5 laps
1513 - 1524:     Gearbox lubrication problem ends sessioness

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: 'It was good to start the day with some runs on the intermediates in proper damp conditions. There wasn't a lot of standing water on the track but it was pretty damp all round - we needed to try out the inters in these conditions so we've now amassed some very useful data on those. After that we wanted to do a race distance but the gearbox problem meant we couldn't complete that part of the plan. Despite this I'm still finding that the car has good balance and is basically a decent package - we'll sort out the problems and tomorrow we'll try the race distance again and see where we are after that.'

MIKE GASCOYNE, CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER: 'It was a reasonably productive day although we had to stop slightly earlier than planned due to a gearbox lubrication issue. This morning we were able to run on the inters on a damp track for the first time and we have obtained some useful data from those runs. We worked through the rest of the compound choices throughout the day on high fuel loads which is helping us learn more about how to maximise the performance of the Pirellis with the car.'

T128 Barcelona T03 2011

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