Lotus F1 duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are hoping the rain forecast for race day at Hockenheim will come to their aid after struggling for performance once more in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
Having struggled for form throughout the 2014 season, the team's ongoing issues were compounded further ahead of the German race by the banning of the FRIC (Front and Rear interconnected suspension), which both drivers suggest has been a greater detriment to Lotus this weekend since it has been using the system longer than its rivals.
Qualifying 15th and 19th on the grid (becoming 14th and 18th owing to Esteban Gutierrez's grid penalty), Grosjean says he got the maximum out of the car in qualifying, adding that in normal conditions he doesn't have a car capable of challenging for points.
“A wet race or mixed conditions won't hurt,” he said, referring to the rain that has been predicted for the race. “Everything comes with opportunities but the performance of the car is where it is in qualifying. That is 100 per cent of the car. So if it is a normal dry race we cannot target points.”
It was a sentiment shared by Maldonado, who is hoping a wet race will give Lotus the chance to play itself into position.
“In the rain we are quite competitive. Hopefully some showers will be super for us, but if it is not we just have to do our best. I think I can recover a few places. The main focus is the points, but I don't know if we have the pace to fight for the points. If we do a consistent, solid race and other teams have problems, we can make up positions.”