One may remember the blonde (nothing except hair colour intended, I swear) Finn Heikki Kovalainen crashing his Renault car at the Sakhir circuit in 2007 during testing at Bahrain.
It seems history had to repeat itself with the Finn crashing his Lotus Cosworth T127 at the Jerez testing and throwing the Lotus testing schedule out of gear as the car could not be repaired.
Mike Gascoyne wasn’t very angry though, he decided to play down the incident and his comments were full of euphemisms, see and observe the official comments from the Lotus website :
Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne reasons to be positive.
“Unfortunately a small off and a lack of spare parts curtailed the amount of laps we were able to do today, but fortunately we’ve got spare parts arriving this evening. Up to that point we’d got on top of some reliability issues from the previous day and the car was running very smoothly. Although we have lost some track time, the changing conditions made it very difficult, so we haven’t lost too much and we’ll be ready to continue with Heikki in the morning.”
Heikki Kovalainen added his thoughts, saying:
“My initial feeling from the car is good – it fundamentally feels right. I’m disappointed the day came to an early end, but feel good about the team and I’m looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow.”
Whatever be the reasons, we hope that the Lotus team resumes soon and keeps its reputation 🙂