Grosjean tops the time sheets on Barcelona Test Day 1

Lotus F1 Team returned to the track today for the first of four days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain. Romain Grosjean took the wheel of the modified E20 completing 73 laps and setting the fastest time of the day.Fast facts: Track: Barcelona, Spain, 4.7km Chassis: E20-01 Weather: Sunny, air 8-16°C, track 16-35°C Programme: System checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, aero-focused runs, set-up changes Laps Completed: 73 Classification: 1st, 1'23"252 Interruptions: KERS battery change What's next? Romain will be back in the car tomorrow running through a programme of set up work in the morning followed by race work in the afternoon.Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team Race Driver: "The car was feeling very good and it's great to bounce back from our dramas to set the fastest time of the day. It's clear we have solved the problem we encountered and now we have to complete a very full test programme this week. The feeling in the team is fantastic and it's like last week's issues never happened. My crew told me that the problems would make us stronger, and this is true. The chassis is stronger, and all the team is stronger. We gathered good data today and we have a few interesting things that we would like to confirm tomorrow which should help us make a good step forwards."James Allison, Technical Director: "Our main target for today was to compress as much set-up work as we could into the first day as we are playing catch-up relative to our rivals at this track. Of course, we want to complete as many laps as possible, but this second objective is inevitably compromised somewhat by needing to make many short runs punctuated by set-up changes. Obviously, we're very pleased to complete the day without any major difficulties to the car after such a troubled start here last week."Thursday In Barcelona

 1.  Grosjean       Lotus           1m23.252s           73 laps 2.  Button         McLaren         1m23.510s  +0.258   64 3.  Perez          Sauber          1m23.820s  +0.568   118 4.  Webber         Red Bull        1m23.830s  +0.578   102 5.  Rosberg        Mercedes        1m23.992s  +0.740   128 6.  Vergne         Toro Rosso      1m24.216s  +0.964   113 7.  Di Resta       Force India     1m24.305s  +1.053   98 8.  Massa          Ferrari         1m24.318s  +1.066   105 9.  Petrov         Caterham        1m24.876s  +1.624   12310.  Maldonado      Williams        1m25.587s  +2.335   58

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