Team Lotus suffered a major setback when one of its trucks was damaged in a fire early this morning.
The electrical fire started in the plant room, which houses the mechanism that raises the top level when the vehicle is parked in the paddock.
One mechanic admitted that there was ‘quite a lot of damage,’ while another source said the team’s data system had been affected, which may prove to be the most serious problem.
Update: The team confirms that there is no problem with its data systems although they were in that truck, whose upper level was also the gearbox/hydraulics workshop. The truck will have to go back to its maker for repairs and won’t be back in action until Valencia.