Raikkonen to skip Mugello test as Grosjean gets extra day
2 May, 2012
May.2 (GP247) After a day of wet and miserable weather which curtailed carefully laid plans, Lotus have decided to only run Romain Grosjean for the remaining two days of testing at Mugello this week, in place of Kimi Raikkonen who was scheduled to take over the E20 cockpit today (Wednesday).
Instead, Grosjean will now do two day’s duty for the team as opposed to a single day’s running on the final day as was originally scheduled.
Alan Permane, the team’s trackside operations director, said, “The mixed conditions, running intermediates to start and then switching to the medium compound slicks, also gives us a good base line for Romain over the next two days. We’ve opted for one driver for the next two days so we can make better use of the time after losing this afternoon’s running.”
Technical director James Allison added, “We had a busy programme lined up for Jérôme [D'Ambrosio] including a fair amount of aerodynamic work, sensor measurement work and of course preparing foundations for Romain over the next two days. We’ve been able to do some of that work in the limited dry running that was available, but there is now a lot more we need to fit in to Wednesday and Thursday.”
“The important thing is we now have base line to build on, so the next two days should be much more productive,” concluded Allison.