The Lotus team hopes that it will have got to the bottom of the technical problem that sidelines Romain Grosjean's car after a single lap of the Australian Grand Prix can be traced and eradicated by round two in Malaysia this weekend.

Although both cars made it into the final phase of qualifying, the gremlin had already reared its head during the earlier part of the meeting, and returned to sideline Grosjean at the end of a lap that had already seen team-mate Pastor Maldonado taken out in a turn one accident.

To make matters worse, the problem had not occurred prior to Melbourne, but chose to rear its ugly head at a time when only 15 cars started the grand prix.

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"There was a problem with the charge air system where a leak developed - and this happened to both cars on Friday," Lotus technical director Nick Chester revealed, "With a bit of work and a few changes, we had the initial problem fixed, however unfortunately we saw something similar on Sunday on Romain's car. We had done over 4000km in winter testing and that issue hadn't occurred, so it is a bit strange that it happened now."

Chester confirmed that, after rudimentary solutions were put in place at Albert Park, the greater power of collective thinking at Enstone was already being called on ahead of round two.

"When you are at the track, it can be challenging to solve such an issue rapidly and, nonetheless, we are now rectifying the issue at the factory," he noted, "We have a couple of different approaches and we're doing extensive testing to ensure we have a robust solution."

With Maldonado's car also requiring extensive repairs to the left hand side suspension, the floor and the front wing after being damaged in his shunt, Lotus has its hands full ahead of the trip to Malaysia.