Lotus rues early misfortune in Australia

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

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Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were left to rue the squad's misfortune after both cars were forced out of the race on the opening lap.

Grosjean suffered a loss of power on the formation lap and pulled into the garage shortly after the start, while Maldonado was clipped by Felipe Nasr and crashed into the barriers at Turn 2.

"We had a loss of power on the formation lap; there was a technical issue which we are investigating," said Grosjean.

"It’s not how you want to end your race, but we know the car is good and we’re miles ahead of where we were last season. We have a good baseline with the E23 and a good engine. We also have new pieces that we are bringing over for the next races, so more performance coming."

"It was quite busy start, going into a narrow corner," added Maldonado.

"I just felt a big hit on the back and didn’t see what happened. It’s disappointing because it was a great chance for us to have a great race."

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