Chinese GP – Lotus F1

Some nice images from the team:

Romain Grosjean (l) with race engineer, Ayao Komatsu.

Romain Grosjean (l) with race engineer Ayao Komatsu

 

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Not forgetting Pastor Maldonado of course.

Not forgetting Pastor Maldonado of course

 

Pastor Maldonado finished 14th whilst Romain Grosjean was forced to retire from the Chinese Grand Prix on lap 28 because of a gearbox problem.

Romain made the team’s first top 10 start of 2014 and was fighting for points before his early exit, whilst Pastor made eight positions during the course of the race after having started from the back of the grid due to engine-related issues forcing him to miss Saturday’s qualifying.

Romain Grosjean:

“We started by losing fourth gear but it got worse and essentially we lost all gears. It’s the first time we’ve had a problem like this so we’ll have to understand what happened. It had been quite nice in the race as we’d been fighting for ninth position so we were in the points, which is a good improvement from before. We didn’t make it to the end of the race today but let’s hope we finish in the points in Barcelona.”

Pastor Maldonado:

“Today wasn’t my best race ever but we finished. My pace wasn’t fantastic but at least we moved forwards and I pushed as hard as I could. We will look at the data as we seemed to lack pace on the straights which made it difficult to overtake and also difficult to defend. It will be nice to have a race weekend without any problems, and that’s what we are all working for when we head to Europe.”

Australian GP – Lotus

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Romain Grosjean finished 16th and Pastor Maldonado 17th after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Romain started from the pit lane and completed a pit stop before an MGU-K problem stopped his run. Pastor started from the back of the grid and also completed a pit stop before his run was cut short, also with an MGU-K issue.

Romain started from the pit lane on new soft tyres, changing to new soft tyres on lap 28. He completed a pit lane drive-through on lap 1 and exited the race on lap 44.

Pastor started with new soft tyres, changing to new soft tyres on lap 29. He exited the race on lap 29.

Hamilton

Five places back. Well, I got that wrong yesterday. Disqualified and stuck on the back of the grid? Bit harsh. The stewards have some explaining to do.

Still, Maldonado held his second position well after losing pole to Alonso. Not a lot he could have done about that. And Hamilton is battling through the field, despite his pit crew almost putting a spanner in the works, or was it a wheel gun..

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