Grosjean hoping for better race pace

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean says he hopes the Lotus E22 can show better race pace after qualifying in 16th place for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Grosjean progressed through to Q2 but set the slowest time of the session.

"It was tight to get to Q2," he said. "We knew beforehand that we were around the cut off, so it was great to get through. If we look at the whole weekend we've been struggling on the track.

"This evening the car felt more together and more driveable - of course sixteenth is not great and we're never going to be satisfied with that, but I'm happy with the way the team has been working and pushing in the right direction.

"We have to try things and try to understand why we are where we are and why we are not unlocking our potential. I hope the race pace will be a little bit better than the qualifying pace and then we can put up a good fight in the race."

Grosjean made the second session at the expense of team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who will start the race from 17th on the grid.

"We're not here to fight for P16 and P17 so it's a bit disappointing to see ourselves where we are in qualifying at the moment," said Maldonado.

"We just need to be focused and try to push even more on the development of the car to catch the people around us. At the moment it’s fair to say our car is a bit on the slow side and quite difficult to drive.

"However we've made an important step forwards in terms of reliability. There have been no problems this weekend which is quite positive so fingers crossed for tomorrow. For race pace we look much more competitive than in qualifying."

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