'Greedy' Lotus aim for progress - Grosjean

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean says he is sure Lotus can make rapid progress with their E22 ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver retired from the first round of the year in Australia after starting from the pit lane but Grosjean remains confident that the E22 can be a strong package.

"Whenever we solve a problem we make a big step forward, whether it is with set-up, the engine or any other developments," he said. "We’ve seen this happen with other teams too. We are feeling greedy at the moment. We want to keep making big progress like in Australia, not just one or two tenths, but big chunks of time and of course better reliability.

"We’ll prioritise and work as hard as we can to achieve that. The mechanics definitely deserved a rest after Australia though. They worked long hours all weekend and still did some of the fastest pit stops in the race. The guys were excellent and with a work ethic like that there is no reason why we won’t get on top of this car soon and exploit the huge potential of the E22.

Grosjean insists that Lotus is happy with the base of the E22 and says that the team has a clear base set-up for Malaysia.

"Overall we are happy with the chassis, the aero balance for the changing fuel load, the driveability of the engine and the fuel economy," he said. "Of course there is work to do with energy management and recovery and we know Renault is responding to this.

"On our side we know more about the set-up and the direction we must go in order to make the car better. Braking for example was not perfect, but that is also to do with the tyres. The new tyres are really hard and their handling characteristics have changed. We are not getting the best out of them yet, but we will. There are plenty of areas for us to play with, but we now have a clear base set-up for Malaysia."

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