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Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mixed emotions after Lotus secure midfield slots

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado expressed different emotions after securing 12th and 13th positions on the grid respectively for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday. Grosjean believes the Lotus E23 Hybrid performed better than expected at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez while Maldonado was underwhelmed with the feel of the car. "We’re at a very high altitude, at a track with very low grip, requiring good downforce – which we know are not our strongest points - so we weren’t massively confident of our performance heading […]

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015

Grosjean says Haas move a 'calculated risk'

Current Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says his move to the new Haas team for 2016 is a 'calculated risk', due to the outfit's association with Ferrari. Grosjean admits that racing for Formula 1's new team in 2016 is a risky approach but cited its partnership with Ferrari, which has a vacancy for 2017, as part of his decision for making the move. "Life is a risk. Driving an F1 car is risky, racing is risky. I spoke with Guenther [Steiner] and Gene [Haas] - sure […]

Posted on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Grosjean apologetic after high speed crash

Romain Grosjean apologised to his Lotus squad after he suffered a high speed crash during the Russian Grand Prix. Grosjean lost control of his E23 Hybrid towards the end of the long Turn 3 complex and suffered a heavy impact with the barriers, though fortunately the Frenchman was able to walk away from his wreckage. "I lost the rear end in a very high speed corner going through Turn 3 and couldn’t recover it," he rued. "We don’t know exactly why yet. We need to […]

Posted on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lotus has 'tasty' options to replace Grosjean

Lotus says it has 'tasty options' to replace Romain Grosjean, who will switch to Haas for 2016 after four years with the Enstone operation. Grosjean confirmed last week that he will join Formula 1's newest team next season, leaving Lotus to search for a driver to partner Pastor Maldonado. "We know we have Pastor confirmed for one seat and we know that there are quite a few tasty drivers available out there and we’re doing everything to ensure that we’ve got a desirable race seat, […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Grosjean hopeful of early points with Haas

Romain Grosjean is confident that he will be able to score points with the new Haas team during the early stages of the 2016 season. Haas is set to become the first new team in the sport in six years and it has acquired the services of Grosjean to lead its charge as it enters Formula 1. Grosjean, who currently races for Lotus, is sure that the outfit will be able to compete for positions inside the top 10. "I think from what I’ve seen […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Haas confirms Grosjean for 2016

Haas Formula 1 has confirmed that Romain Grosjean will race for the team when it makes its debut in the sport in 2016. Haas had hoped to sign a current driver with experience and the outfit has signed Grosjean from Lotus ahead of its maiden campaign in the sport. The identity of Grosjean’s team-mate has not yet been confirmed, though Esteban Gutiérrez is expected to fill the seat. "We wanted an experienced driver capable of developing our car and our race team into one that […]

Posted on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Maldonado happy with return to points

Pastor Maldonado said he was happy to return to the top 10 positions to conclude a challenging weekend for Lotus in Japan. Lotus was locked out of its hospitality unit at Suzuka and faces a High Court hearing on Monday over alleged unpaid taxes. Maldonado was nonetheless able to secure eighth place - his first points since Austria - to follow home team-mate Romain Grosjean. "It was a good race for us and we really deserved a happy result today after pushing hard all weekend," […]

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Maldonado rues lack of grip amid Q1 exit

Pastor Maldonado was left to lament a lack of grip in his Lotus E23 Hybrid as he was eliminated during the first session of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix. Maldonado could muster only the 18th best time and was several tenths of a second away from making it into Q2. "It was a tough session and we weren’t really able to get the maximum out of the tyres, which is something we’ve struggled with all weekend," he said. "[A] lack of grip was the […]

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Grosjean has made decision on future

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says he has made a decision on his Formula 1 future, though has yet to reveal his 2016 plans. Grosjean made his Formula 1 debut with the Enstone-based team in 2009 when it was owned by Renault and has been with the outfit since it was re-branded as Lotus in 2012. Uncertainty over Lotus' future has led to suggestions that Renault will make a return as a full works-team, though a decision has not yet been made. Speaking ahead of the […]

Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lotus pair rue first corner contact

Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were left to rue separate collisions at at the Rettifilo chicane which put them out of the race at the Italian Grand Prix. Both drivers started inside the top 10 but Grosjean made contact with Felipe Nasr while Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg collided, leaving the Venezuelan on the side lines for the eighth time this season. "We had the potential of a good race ahead of us," said Grosjean. "I made a strong start but got hit by […]

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grosjean sure podium repeat possible

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is optimistic that he can repeat his podium heroics at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Grosjean returned Lotus to the podium places for the first time since 2013 in Belgium as he finished in third position, behind Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With Monza placing an emphasis on straight-line speed, Grosjean believes that the characteristics of Lotus' E23 Hybrid package will aid the squad's prospects. "On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a […]

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Grosjean elated by return to podium

Romain Grosjean hailed an 'incredible' weekend for Lotus as he returned to the podium for the first time since 2013. Grosjean started from ninth place on the grid but worked his way through to fourth place during the final few laps, as he hunted down Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, trying to run a one stop strategy, suffered a tyre failure on the penultimate lap, promoting Grosjean into third place. "It has been an incredible weekend for us, great qualifying yesterday but we had the penalty" he […]