Day 3 Jerez: Kimi watches as Grosjean takes over E20

Sources: autosport.com | Live commentary notes | lotusf1team.com

It’s been a good start to 2012 so far for Romain Grosjean, who topped the times this morning in Jerez, setting an early benchmark of 1min 18.419secs using Pirelli’s medium compound 2012 specification tyre.

Romain ran through a programme of set-up evaluations as he put more kilometres on the E20. There were no reliability issues reported during the 53 laps completed by 13h00 local time.

“It’s the first time I’ve started the season as a Formula 1 race driver, so it was something special for me when I left the pitlane for the first time today” said the French driver.

“It was very slippery on track first thing this morning, but I’m enjoying being in the car. I’m comfortable and the E20 is nice to drive.”

Romain completed a number of runs as the team ran through its test programme.

“We’ve been looking at different set-ups as we need as much data as possible before the season gets underway. You need to know how the car reacts – say for example if you have understeer at a circuit, you need to know how to counter it. So we ran through a number of changes and logged everything to gain a better understanding of the car.”

Setting the fastest time of the morning was not a target for the team, but it nevertheless gave Romain a warm feeling.

“It was very good to be at the top of the times – hopefully we will stay there for the rest of the season!”

Today's times: Pos--Driver--------Team------------Time--------------Laps
 1.  Rosberg        Mercedes        1m17.613s           118
 2.  Grosjean       Lotus           1m18.419s  +0.806   117
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull        1m19.297s  +1.684   96
 4.  Hamilton       McLaren         1m19.464s  +1.851   80
 5.  Vergne         Toro Rosso      1m19.734s  +2.121   79
 6.  Perez          Sauber          1m19.770s  +2.157   48
 7.  Alonso         Ferrari         1m20.412s  +2.799   67
 8.  Senna          Williams        1m21.293s  +3.680   125
 9.  Van der Garde  Caterham        1m23.324s  +5.711   74

Kimi is still at Jerez at the Lotus garage as his teammate Romain Grosjean takes over on day three of testing, following these live commentary notes:

08:07 Now Grosjean is back in after his installation lap, Raikkonen wanders over for a chat with his team-mate.
08:07 The Finn – no stranger to cold weather – looks chilly as he shuffles from foot to foot. Is this Spain or England?
08:07 Outside the Lotus garage, Raikkonen has the headset on and is chatting to Alan Permane and Eric Boullier.
09:38 Grosjean’s lap puts him 0.879s ahead of Perez.
09:38 That’s the fastest lap we’ve seen from a 2012 car so far, and bodes well for Lotus given that Raikkonen led the way on Tuesday.

 

Feature: Boullier on Raikkonen leading Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen is only 192 laps into his Formula 1 comeback with Lotus, but the Enstone outfit’s chief, Eric Boullier, reckons that the 2007 world champion has already shown his true colours. Kimi is fast, we knew that, but he has also proved that he is capable of being the leader that every Formula 1 team needs.

For Lotus (nee Renault), Raikkonen’s return is timely indeed. There was a time when it had an iron man in the cockpit in the form of Robert Kubica, a driver who imposed his personality on the team and left no one in any doubt as to what he wanted… and demanded. He wasn’t necessarily the most easy-going to work with, but he was loved by the team because he did the job behind the wheel and left no stone unturned in the pursuit of results. For a team that felt the absence of that kind of leadership so keenly in 2011, Raikkonen’s arrival has been embraced.

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2 thoughts on “Day 3 Jerez: Kimi watches as Grosjean takes over E20

  1. yeah Saima!
    love how you put it all! that’s so nice! so great to read! 🙂
    love this place to be back!

    so many great news, great articles, great pics and all! He’s back!
    that’s happy time!

    Like

  2. thx great update

    Like

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