Grosjean: We were not fast enough

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean has admitted that Lotus simply lacked pace as they were eliminated during the second segment of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Grosjean was 14th quickest in qualifying, one position ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

"Unfortunately we were not fast enough," he said.

"We were hoping that the warmer conditions might help a little bit today but it wasn’t to be. It was a difficult qualifying session despite the car balance being okay but I think that the car is struggling a bit in slow corners, which is something that we were concerned might be the case.

"We will have to work on this to make it better as the E22’s much better in the high speed areas. It is very difficult to predict what will happen in races here, but we will always fight to the end."

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado added: "After the positive test we had in Barcelona we were hoping for a better result today."

"However this track hasn’t suited us so far this weekend. We struggled to get sufficient temperature in the tyres which seem to be a very hard compound for Monaco. I also suffered a lot from the traffic which didn’t help with tyre temperature or getting a fast lap. It’s a long race tomorrow so we’ll try to be clean in the first couple of laps, try to have a good strategy and we will see what we can do and deliver as best we can."


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