Romain Grosjean and Lotus are finally off the mark in the F1 World Championship standings after notching up an eighth place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix, despite the Frenchman contending with power unit issues during the race.

Well positioned to score his first points of what has been a trying season for the Lotus F1 Team thus far, Grosjean got underway in fifth place and maintained that position for the opening half of the race, comfortably ahead of the chasing Ferraris.

However, Grosjean would endure a difficult second-half to the race after issues with the Renault power unit forced him into defensive driving, the Frenchman slipping down the order by the chequered flag.

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Despite this, Grosjean would keep it going to finish in eighth position, marking his and Lotus' first points of the season, much to his relief.

"It's been a tough battle for us to get points this season and that was certainly one of the hardest races I've contested in a long time," he said. "I did everything I could to drive around the power unit issues, which really made things difficult when battling the other cars.

"It's good for all the crew at the track and at Enstone to finally get a reward for all their hard work. There are still a lot of areas where we can improve and certainly the car wasn't as quick today as it was yesterday, with the different track conditions as well as the other issue. It's Mothers' Day in Switzerland so this one's for my mum!"