Lotus pairing confident of improved Singapore showing

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are confident that the squad will fare better at next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

The team endured a difficult time at the recent Italian Grand Prix, with Grosjean struggling to 16th position and Maldonado just two positions higher.

The outfit has not troubled the top 10 positions since the Monaco Grand Prix in May, but the pair are optimistic that the Marina Bay street circuit will aid their progress.

"Compared to Monza the answer is definitely yes," Grosjean said when asked whether the upcoming race will suit Lotus.

"Last weekend was a difficult one for us because the nature of the Monza track was like a penalty. Singapore offers less in terms of compromising the downforce for straight-line speed, so we should be able to fight higher up the grid.

"We managed to get some points at Monaco, so I am hoping we can achieve something similar on this street circuit too."

Maldonado, who qualified on the front row in Singapore two years ago, echoed his team-mate's sentiments.

"It should be better at Singapore for us and a step forward from Monza," he said.

"At this stage of the season it is not going to be a massive step, but we expect better things for sure. We will do our very best to make sure that we find a good balance for Singapore because it is a very particular track with lots of different challenges. Of course the one big challenge is the race and most of the other running happens later in the day."

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