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Charles finishes P2 on Lotus test debut at Barcelona 14 mai 2014

Charles Pic enjoyed his first day in the Lotus F1 Team E22 by setting the second fastest lap of the day in testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Pic set a time of 1m26.611s using the medium compound tyres during the course of 70 trouble free laps. It was a mixed day of weather with frequent showers, cool conditions and a cloudy sky with the vast majority of running taking place in the afternoon.

“It was a good first time in the E22,” said Charles. “The new generation of cars are very different from those before with the new power units and all the other changes in how you drive them. I didn’t get so many laps in the morning as the weather was very different from what you’d expect for Barcelona, but I think we optimised the day and completed everything we could. It was good day for the team and a good day for me. It felt really great to be in the car – it’s been too long since Brazil last year!”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director, added: “We were cautious with our programme today and didn’t go out when the track was at its wettest in the morning and thankfully we were rewarded with a much drier afternoon – even with ongoing showers – when we could complete a good haul of laps. We ran through various aero and mapping assessments as well as trying different set-ups with the car. We didn’t have any reliability issues today which allowed us to make good progress. Charles had a lot to learn with the new car and all the various procedures as well as a range of track conditions and different tyres used. He delivered exactly what we wanted from him today; he’s done a very good job.”