Grosjean: Maybe a shortcut will help!

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean joked that a shortcut would help Lotus's chance of progressing up the field after he was eliminated from Q2 during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Grosjean and Lotus have struggled throughout the weekend and the French driver was the slowest of the 16 runners in Q2 - although will start from 15th following Sergio Perez's penalty.

"It’s no secret that we’ve struggled so far this weekend," he said. "I had a very good Q1 session but Q2 was much more difficult. It’s been a tough weekend and our pace on low fuel hasn’t been great as we saw today.

"Yesterday we showed good pace on high fuel so hopefully we can use that as best we can in the race tomorrow. Certainly overtaking will be tricky as our top speed has not been one of our strengths this year but we’ll look for a good strategy or maybe a shortcut on the track to help us in the race."

Pastor Maldonado will start from 13th on the grid and expressed positivity about Lotus's improvements despite running through the gravel on his last lap in Q2.

"I think that we made a big improvement from yesterday when we had issues with the power unit," he said.

"Today we have been a bit better with a bit more power and an improved balance. It was a good last lap for the package that we currently have even though we are not where we want to be. We were hoping to be more competitive on this track however we are suffering on the straights and up the hills."

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