Romain Grosjean believes the German Grand Prix will be a test of how far Lotus has progressed so far this season.

After limited running pre-season, Lotus has struggled for both reliability and pace on a number of occasions, leading to a total of just eight points so far in 2014. With the German Grand Prix taking place at Hockenheim this year there are fewer high-speed corners and the focus will be on traction - an area which Grosjean says Lotus has been concentrating on trying to find more pace.

"We've worked hard to improve performance in the low-speed corners, so Hockenheim will be a good test of how much we've progressed," Grosjean said. "Apart from the run down to the hairpin there are no real straights to speak about so power unit emphasis will be on acceleration rather than top speed."
Lotus has also been able to run the car during the Silverstone in-season test this week but Grosjean said the focus of that work had not been solely for Germany.

"I wasn't driving but I did attend on Tuesday to see what we were working on. The aim was to complete a thorough aerodynamic programme and we did just that. It's a bit too early to say what will come from it but it looked positive. At this stage in the new regulations, every outing on track is so valuable to keep the development curve going."

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