Lotus suffers double retirement in Belgium

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus suffered its third double retirement of the season as both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were unable to reach the chequered flag at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Grosjean hit Jules Bianchi at the start and his performance was consequently compromised by debris, while Maldonado suffered an early engine failure in the E22.

"The car was pretty good; the pace was much better than expected, which is encouraging," said Grosjean.

"Unfortunately the race was compromised early on, we had to change the nose on the first lap and we picked up some damage later on from debris on the track.

"We lost a lot of downforce as a result so we retired the car. We’re moving forward every weekend and learning a lot, though Monza is likely to be challenging too. Singapore should suit us a lot better."

"We were expecting a tough weekend – both here and Monza are challenging tracks for us – although the car seemed competitive and consistent today," added Maldonado.

"It might have been possible to fight with Sauber and Force India during the race. Unfortunately I felt a big loss of power at the end of the first lap and saw in the mirrors that the engine was smoking a lot so we had to retire."

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