Lotus vows to recover after disastrous session

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane insists that their showing during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix is not representative of the pace of the E22.

Romain Grosjean set the 21st fastest time while Pastor Maldonado was unable to set a time due to delays in getting out on track after a power unit issue.

"Today was not a reflection of all the hard work going on at Enstone and on track to get ourselves where we want to be," said Permane. "Qualifying at the back of the grid is not why we’re here. We had distinct and identifiable issues and we are working hard to rectify these with the full support of our partners. The determination and resolve of the race team, everyone at Enstone and everyone at Renault should not be underestimated.

"Obviously we’ll be trying everything we can to salvage something from this weekend. Any opportunity to have the cars on track is beneficial as we are learning all the time. It’s clear we have work to do. We are doing that work."

Grosjean insists that there is still potential in the Lotus E22.

"We had a lot of problems today and every time we fixed one another one comes along! The guys are working very hard and it’s a tough situation for everyone," he said.

"We just have to learn everything we can every time we are out in the car on the track. Yes it's frustrating, but I'm the one who has the easiest life as I’m not working all night on the car. The whole team is here to win, so when it doesn't go to plan it's not great. It could still be made into a monster of a car if we all pull together as a team. We've been through some tough times in the past so we'll work our way out of it."

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