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Lotus duo positive despite double retirement

Grosjean and Maldonado did more running during the race than in pre-season testing.
Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 16, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - KERS issues ended Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado’s race early but both drivers are looking at the positives.

Grosjean started from the pit lane and then received a drive-through penalty for leaving his garage too early, despite this he remained positive.

In a way, it was a pretty positive day. I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we’ve had this weekend, and we managed 45!” Grosjean said.

“We’ve learnt a lot today and all the changes made to the car have been positive. We still have a long way to go, but at least I know more about tyre usage, all my engineers know where we need to improve with the chassis, and we’ve learnt a lot about aero balance and fuel consumption.”

Teammate Maldonado started at the back of the grid after failing to set a time during qualifying and like Grosjean, said the limited running would help the team progress.

“It was obviously very disappointing, but if you look at the positives we did more laps than in the pre-season which is quite encouraging as we have more data which is very important for making progress.”

Newly appointed deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi praised the team and said the teams spirit was still good.

“Though the results do not show it, everyone in the team has done a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances.” He said.

“Both our cars finished with problems related to the same MGU-K component so we and Renault F1 Sport both know where we have to focus for our improvements heading to Malaysia.

“It’s clear we also have other improvements to make, but the team spirit and resolve has not diminished. We know what we have to do and we will do it.”

The double retirement means Lotus are 10th in the constructors’ championship, below Marussia.

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