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A frustrating Friday for Lotus in Malaysia

Issues for both drivers severely limited their running.
Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Enstone based team had a frustrating Friday in Sepang with both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean suffering problems throughout the day.

Neither driver managed to set a timed lap in free practice one.

Grosjean managed 14 laps and was 17th fastest in practice two before his afternoon session was brought to a halt with a gearbox issue.

This morning we couldn't do any laps, and this afternoon we burnt a cable which stopped the gearbox from working.” he said.

“Of course I don't get out of the car with a smile when my car is parked out on track and is not working, and you do swear a little bit in your head!

“But as I've said before, it's only the second race of the season and we always knew we would be starting on the back foot. We will get to where we want to be.”

Teammate Pastor Maldonado was unable to complete any laps during the afternoon’s session as the team had to change the engine in his E22.

“Our problems today were centred around the power unit. Hopefully we have fixed everything ahead of tomorrow and will be able to do enough for FP3 and qualifying.”

Technical Director Nick Chester said the teams focus for Saturday was to get in as much mileage as possible.

"Pastor then suffered from a turbo-related problem with his car. This meant we needed to remove the engine and subsequently he was unable to run in the afternoon. Romain was able to get some more laps in the afternoon, however a wiring issue caused difficulties with his gearbox.

"More lessons learnt, and we’ll be focusing on getting as much mileage as possible tomorrow."

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