Lotus suffers double retirement

By on Sunday, June 8, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

The Canadian Grand Prix turned out to be a disappointing affair for Lotus as neither Romain Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado were able to complete the race.

Grosjean suffered rear wing damage and was retired late on due to safety reasons.

"Today was not great in terms of pace for me, however there are some positives looking forwards," he said.

"We can see that a Renault team can win a race so we have a target there, especially when the win came at a circuit that is not thought to be one of the stronger ones for them.

"The rear wing of my car broke, so it was safer to retire than risk a potentially dangerous situation. We have a lot of work to do, so it's time to go home and try to understand our problems and come back stronger in the next races."

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado suffered a repeat of a power unit issue which affected his qualifying.

"It's a shame as the race was going very well, and we had an excellent pace - to be honest I was quite surprised by the car," he said.

"The strategy was good, as we were looking for one stop whereas all the other cars were planning two stops, so we were looking very strong today and even without stopping we were on a similar pace with the other teams. We just need to look into exactly what happened and work hard to fix the problems we are having. We’ve shown we can be competitive."

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