Lotus F1 have updated their site with more information on the failure which saw them head home early from the second pre-season test in Barcelona.
The issue according to Technical Director James Allison was a failure of the mounting of the upper front wishbone rear arm. This has since been resolved and the team will be back on track tomorrow for the start of the third and final pre-season test before the season begins in Melbourne.
James, what happened to the E20 in Barcelona last week?
We arrived in Barcelona with a brand new chassis, the E20-02. We completed installation laps on Tuesday morning then Romain left the pits for his first run of the day. As soon as he touched the brakes before turn 1 on his first flying lap, he felt that something was wrong. He told us on the radio that he was aborting that run and returning straight to the pits.
What did you discover when the car got back to the garage?
We saw immediately that we had a problem with the mounting of the upper front wishbone rear arm.