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Lotus: 'We're back on track'

2012-03-01 10:50

BACK ON TRACK: Lotus' chassis issues are apparently resolved as the team is testing in Barcelona.

Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus team has solved the chassis problems that sidelined them and will now take part in Formula 1's final pre-season tests near Barcelona.

The former Renault team, which had to pull out of last week's test, said it was confident there would be no recurrence after re-designing and trying new suspension parts at its HQ in England.

Technical director James Allison said on the team website that the problems reported by French driver Romain Grosjean were caused by the upper front wishbone rear arm mounting. "It's been an intense few days," he added, "but I have to say that everybody has completed their tasks in tremendous fashion.

KILO HEAVIER

"We designed the new parts, made them and fitted them to the chassis. We then completed the necessary tests and the chassis left for Spain."

Allison said the E20 car was now a kilo heavier than before as a result of the new parts but the extra weight would have "no significant effect on handling or performance" and there had been no need for further crash tests.

The test session from March 1-4 is the last before the season starts in Australia on March 18.

Raikkonen, the 2007 World champion for Ferrari, is making a comeback with Malaysian-backed Lotus after two season in World rallying.
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