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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maldonado: Stewards were very strict

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado believes that stewards at the Hungarian Grand Prix were 'very strict' as he collected several penalties during the course of the race. Maldonado was given a drive through penalty for colliding with Sergio Perez at Turn 1 and received another for speeding in the pit lane. Maldonado was also given a 10 second time drop for overtaking Will Stevens under the Safety Car. "[It was] quite tough, seems like the stewards today were very strict, tough on driving," he told reporters. […]

Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2015

Grosjean sure of return to points

Romain Grosjean is optimistic that his top 10 grid slot at the Hungarian Grand Prix will allow him to return to the points following a couple of difficult races for the squad. Grosjean rounded out the Q3 runners and is seeking his first points since Canada, following retirements in Austria and Britain. "I think we got everything we could out of the car today, it’s good to be in the top 10," he said. "It was a tough qualifying with the wind picking up at […]

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lotus frustrated by first lap collision

Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado expressed their frustration after both were forced to retire from the British Grand Prix on the opening lap. Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo almost made contact at Village and in avoiding the Red Bull driver, Grosjean made contact with team-mate Maldonado. Grosjean retired on the spot while Maldonado stopped his car at the pit entry, as the squad's poor finishing record in 2015 continues. "Daniel must have thought his brakes and tyres would be able to slow him better […]

Posted on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Maldonado eager for 'special' Silverstone

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado says he is eager to build on his recent encouraging form at next weekend's 'special' British Grand Prix. Maldonado claimed seventh position in Canada and Austria to return to the pints following a lengthy absence and the Venezuelan is eager to return to a 'special' Silverstone, having claimed victories at the circuit in GP2. "I think that Silverstone is an amazing track," he said. "It has a great history, it’s fast and the change to the most recent layout hasn’t really […]

Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2015

Grosjean rues Lotus hydraulic leak

Romain Grosjean was left to rue a hydraulic leak on his Lotus E23 Hybrid, which left him unable to take part in the final shootout session at the Austrian Grand Prix. Grosjean made it through to Q3 but managed only an out lap before he was told to return to the pits, where he remained for the rest of the session. Grosjean will nonetheless start from ninth position after a penalty for Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat. "That was frustrating as we should be qualifying […]

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015

Grosjean eyes improvement on Option tyre

Romain Grosjean says he is still searching for the optimum balance despite finishing firmly inside the top 10 during second practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. Grosjean was seventh quickest at the Red Bull Ring but his best time was three-tenths of a second slower than the one achieved by Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who ended running in fourth position. "The car felt good, but we’ve still got some work to do ahead of the race and qualifying," said Grosjean. "The balance wasn’t quite where […]

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015

Maldonado upbeat over Lotus potential

Pastor Maldonado says Lotus has a lot of potential after he scored his first points of 2015 at the Canadian Grand Prix. Maldonado endured a troublesome start to the season having been affected by reliability issues and race incidents but he collected seventh position to end his barren run and collect his highest finish since 2012. "Of course it’s good and there’s a lot of potential yet to come," Maldonado said of his points in Canada. "There are 12 races left in the season so […]

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015

Lotus duo anticipating Williams scrap

Lotus pair Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean say they are encouraged by the squad's pace in Canada and reckon they should be able to challenge Williams this weekend. Maldonado was fifth quickest in the second practice session prior to wet weather striking the area, while team-mate Grosjean clocked the seventh fastest time. "It’s always tricky and difficult, the gaps are very close, we still can improve but even the other teams can improve at the same time, the track will change," he said. "I think […]

Posted on Sunday, May 10, 2015

Grosjean pleased with points after 'tough race'

Romain Grosjean says he was pleased to collect some championship points as he endured a tough race at the Spanish Grand Prix. Grosjean experienced high tyre wear and clipped his mechanics when he made a pit stop, while his day was exacerbated by the absence of fourth gear in his Lotus. "It was a tough and eventful race," he said. "Firstly, I’m glad to say that no-one was seriously injured in the pit stop. "The rear tyres were experiencing a lot of degradation and I […]

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lotus opens up filming day for fans

Lotus has invited Formula 1 fans to attend its filming day free of charge at Brands Hatch on Monday. Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will pilot the E23 Hybrid at the former home of the British Grand Prix, now owned by Palmer's father. The venue will be open to fans free of charge on Monday, with the Paddock Hill and Pit Straight grandstands available for public viewing. With filming days restricted to 100km - along with use of Pirelli's demonstration tyres […]

Posted on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Maldonado hindered by power problem

Pastor Maldonado says that a lack of power prohibited him from achieving a higher grid slot during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Maldonado's Lotus suffered a problem which caused the brake system to retain pressure without any pedal input, leading to a loss of straight line speed during the first knockout segment. That left Maldonado marooned down in 16th position, ahead of only Daniil Kvyat, the Manor Marussia drivers and Jenson Button's stricken McLaren. "We had a problem unfortunately and weren't able to get […]

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Maldonado struggling with balance issues

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has put his absence from Q3 at the Chinese Grand Prix down to continued struggles with the balance on his E23 Hybrid. Maldonado set the 11th quickest time in qualifying, missing out on a berth in the top 10 shootout, and says he has been having problems this weekend. "I expected to fight in Q3 but it’s been harder for me so far this weekend than it has in the previous two races," he explained. "For whatever reason we’ve struggled through […]