Lotus has ended the final day of testing at Barcelona early after a car failure caused Jarno Trulli to crash this morning. The Italian lost control of the T128 in Campsa corner and hit the wall on the outside. The team has not confirmed the exact cause of the crash, but there was oil left on the circuit on the approach to the corner.
"Unfortunately, the day was cut short due to the accident," chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said. "It was not his fault – it was caused by a car failure. We are missing a part we need to put the car back together, which meant we had to cut day four short."
Trulli said: "It's obviously disappointing to have the test cut short like this, but these things happen in motor racing. We started the day well and, until the accident happened, I had picked up where I left off yesterday.
"The car has good balance, pace we can build on and has the potential to help us take the fight to the midfield, so I'm leaving here feeling confident about the season ahead and am looking forward to the next test, wherever that will be."
Gascoyne added that Lotus still had a productive week in Spain.
"I still think there are a great deal of positives to take from the test, in terms of the pace of the car and the fact that we are on top of the reliability issues," he said. "With that in mind we leave here with work to do but still on target for where we want to be."