19 Feb 2010

Lotus have off at F1 testing

8:24 am on 19 February 2010

The new Formula One team Lotus were forced to abandon the second day of the third winter test in Jerez after Heikki Kovalainen knocked the front wing off their 2010 car.

The former McLaren driver slid off into the gravel and damaged the front wing as the wet weather continued in Spain.

It was Kovalainen's first run in the Lotus F1, who are taking part in their first test since rejoining the grid.

The Finn had completed around 30 laps for Lotus before his off and was bottom of the timesheets with a best time five seconds off the pace of Williams' leader Rubens Barrichello.

The Malaysian-owned Lotus F1 team had a productive first day in Jerez yesterday with reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy completing over 70 laps, even though his best time was more than nine seconds off the pace.

Lotus are one of four completely new teams added to Formula One this season. Virgin had a better test than previous days but Timo Glock still went off the track.

US F1 and Campos, the other two new teams, are yet to complete their driver lineups or test amid speculation they will miss the season start.

Campos have been seeking new investment while Serbian outfit Stefan GP have said they are ready to take a failing team's place on the grid with former world champion Jacques Villeneuve linked in the media with the group.