First run in official F1 test for new Lotus; test time latest
17 February 2010

Lotus F1's Malaysian test driver Fairuz Fauzy gave the team's T127 its first laps in an official Formula One session at Jerez today.

Fauzy initially ran an installation lap and pitted prior to beginning a longer run, during which he has already narrowly pipped Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock's best effort, although Glock has run very few laps.

See the latest F1 test pictures, including Lotus taking to the track

Lotus had previously completed a shakedown run at Silverstone before its launch event last week.

Fauzy will remain in the car for the rest of the day before handing over to Heikki Kovalainen for the next two days. Jarno Trulli then has his first run for Lotus on Saturday.

With an hour of the session to run Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel was fastest.

F1 Jerez test times - as of 16.00 GMT

1 Vettel (Red Bull) 1m22.593s2 Massa (Ferrari) 1m23.204s +0.6113 Buemi (Toro Rosso) 1m23.322s +0.7294 Hamilton (McLaren) 1m23.842s +1.2495 Schumacher (Mercedes) 1m24.532s +1.9396 Di Resta (Force India) 1m25.088s +2.4957 Petrov (Renault) 1m26.321s +3.7288 Sutil (Force India) 1m27.492s +4.8999 De la Rosa (Sauber) 1m27.825s +5.23210 Barrichello (Williams) 1m28.256s +5.66311 Fauzy(Lotus) 1m31.848s +9.25512 Glock (Virgin) 1m34.453s +11.860

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17 February 2010

Looks like Lotus have the basis of a well designed car to build on. Only four months to engineer it from a blank sheet of paper and it's done over 50 laps straight out of the box. I expect an aero update a few races into the season will see it dipping into the points....

17 February 2010

Can anyone point me to the Qualifying regulations for this coming season? Will the cars be on low fuel in Q3 due to the ban on refuelling during a race?

17 February 2010

[quote pa1nkiller]Can anyone point me to the Qualifying regulations for this coming season? Will the cars be on low fuel in Q3 due to the ban on refuelling during a race?[/quote]

Yes, they will run low fuel for all sessions, so we’ll see the cars more on the limit.

The Q3, top ten, will have to start the race on the tyres they qualify with, so softer, faster (probably) tyres won’t last as long with the fuel at the start.

The FIA won’t be declaring the fuel loads, so the fuel cosumption is more difficult to judge, and strategy harder to judge (possibly)

17 February 2010

"Yes, they will run low fuel for all sessions, so we’ll see the cars more on the limit."

A good thing.

17 February 2010

Good to see Massa back and fighting fit. Seems consistently fast . Don't care if Ferrari win or not, but could be entertaining to watch and see if Alonso throws his toys from his big fast red pram this year ?

17 February 2010

^^^^ I agree Toys will fly, I think

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