Ahead of the new Formula One season, Romain Grosjean has expressed his concern that he may not be ready for the green light in Melbourne having lost valuable track time in Barcelona.
Due to the adverse weather conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya, the Lotus driver only managed to complete 52 laps, and finished over 12 seconds off quickest man Mark Webber. Grosjean explained his anxieties to the media following the session.
“We spent quite a lot of time on doing things that was good for the team and the car, but normally the last testing is done for you to work with your engineers on fine-turning with the car to have a baseline set-up for Melbourne.
“With that weather we had today, and tomorrow, this is not possible.”
However, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen also getting two days of running in Barcelona, Grosjean has just one session left before Friday practice in Melbourne, placing extra importance on his track time tomorrow.
“Hopefully somehow it’s dry tomorrow and we can work on a few things that we want to test and we know we cannot do them on the race weekend.”
Following the ban on in-season testing, the work undertaken by teams in the pre-season tests is more important than ever. Although losing track time in this way is never ideal, Grosjean and Raikkonen have already completed more testing than in 2012, and they will be looking to build upon their strong showings last season.