Romain Grosjean insists that he will not be backing off as Lotus continues to locate its form of the past two seasons.
The change of technical regulations – and the mid-season decision by all teams to remove FRICS suspension from their cars – appears ton have hit Lotus harder than most, relegating the Enstone team from potential racewinner to one hoping for a little luck in order to score points in 2014.
Grosjean was a regular podium visitor in 2012-13, but has just eight points in the current campaign, and is clearly disappointed with the lack of performance he gets from the E22. However, the Frenchman also believes that the team can still unlock the car's potential before the end of the year.
“Of course, the results are very different from those we enjoyed over the last two seasons, but our approach is the same,” he insisted, “We are still learning a lot about the E22 and there's still pace to come, so we just keep pushing.
“[Germany was] frustrating as we didn't finish the race and we also lost some pace on the car with the move away from the interlinked suspension system. However, our race pace was a lot better than our qualifying pace and I know the team will make progress to reclaim some of the speed we've lost.”
Unfortunately, qualifying could be the key to a successful weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the final race before F1 shuts down for the summer.
“It's a tight and twisty track, so you do need a good qualifying result,” Grosjean confirmed, “We showed in 2012 that being on the front row certainly helps and last year's P3 wasn't too bad either…. You just have to maximise everything. We're fully focused on making the very best we can in every lap of each session.”