Romain Grosjean says a poor start to the new season for Lotus "doesn't mean that it's game over".

Lotus heads in to this weekend's Australian Grand Prix on the back foot having skipped the first test in Jerez and then completed little running at the two tests in Bahrain. However, looking ahead to the race Grosjean said the team will not be treating it as an extra test session and will be hoping to score points despite having yet to complete a race distance.

"No [it is not a test session], the aim is to finish the race and maybe score points," Grosjean said. "We're not yet in the place we want to be competitively, but we will be there to compete and you never know what could happen with everyone else too. I don't think any team can say that they are where they want to be heading to the start of the season. Yes, we're not in a nice situation but it doesn't mean that it's game over. We'll try to score as many points at every opportunity during the season."

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However, Grosjean admitted that both Lotus and its engine supplier Renault has "a lot of work" to do in order to catch up with the Mercedes and Ferrari-powered teams.

"We've taken everything we can from the limited running we did in Bahrain and we're working with that to ensure we can make the best start to the season given the circumstances we face. In Bahrain, every time we ran we improved and there are certainly areas where we are heading in the right direction.

"These cars are even more complicated than people first thought. With the new power unit there is a lot of work still to be done, both on our side and also on Renault Sport F1's side. We need to get things together and achieve what we know we are capable of when we have a reliable package."