Grosjean pleased with race progress

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says that the team can take positives from the Australian Grand Prix despite suffering a double retirement.

Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado raced outside of the points before both cars pulled off the circuit.

"In a way, it was a pretty positive day," said Grosjean. "I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we’ve had this weekend, and we managed 45!"

"We’ve learnt a lot today and all the changes made to the car have been positive. We still have a long way to go, but at least I know more about tyre usage, all my engineers know where we need to improve with the chassis, and we’ve learnt a lot about aero balance and fuel consumption.

"Of course there's more to do with the energy management and recovery and some work yet with the braking. We’ve still got lots of work to do, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction."

Maldonado expressed disappointment but echoed Grosjean's comments.

"It was obviously very disappointing, but if you look at the positives we did more laps than in the pre-season which is quite encouraging as we have more data which is very important for making progress," he said.

"We had a very negative free practice but we did plenty of laps during the race which is very positive for the team. I'm looking forward to the next race and we'll keep pushing."


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