Lotus duo struggling with tyre temperature

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus duo Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean say they are struggling because of tyre temperature issues in Monaco.

Maldonado and Grosjean were 14th and 16th quickest during the second free practice session but both drivers say that the main problem with the E22 is getting the tyres up to temperature.

"It was a difficult session because the track was not [there], but there’s no problems in the car," said Maldonado.

"This morning we ran a lot and did some tests. We are struggling a bit with the tyre temperatures – if we are able to work on this and get closer to the optimum temperature then we will be close. It’s too cold, especially on the primes."

Maldonado insists that there is still good pace in the E22.

"The pace is there, the car feels quite balanced, we just need to get the right temperatures from the car," he said. "As soon as you get the grip from the tyres it’s free time – not performance, just free time."

Grosjean echoed his team-mate's comments.

"This afternoon we didn’t do much but this morning…the tyres are too hard, I think for everyone," he said.

"When it’s cold we just don’t get the grip. On the rear of the car it was not very predictable which makes it a bit tricky, but hopefully Saturday will be better in terms of weather and car balance."

The Frenchman added that he has changed his approach this year after a woeful time in Monaco in 2013, when he suffered a spate of incidents.

"I think last year the car was superb and I thought I could win the race but I pushed too hard," he said. "This year I’ve been a little bit more cautious as the car is a bit tricky and I know what happened last year. Probably a bit more careful but it’s better that way."

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