9 April 2015
F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Grosjean ‘positive’ despite ongoing hunt for points
Romain Grosjean is confident that Lotus will soon show its true potential after frustrating F1 outings in Australia and Malaysia, starting with this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean maintains that the progress being made in the Lotus camp will set the team on course for its first points of the 2015 F1 season, hopefully at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Speaking on the eve of on-track action getting underway in Shanghai, the Frenchman insisted that, despite things not yet having gone his way in either of the two opening races, each was better than the previous outing, with the all-new E23 responding well to development. A first lap retirement in Melbourne was followed by spin-affected eleventh place in Malaysia, where the Lotus was also down on power and unable to race properly with those around it.
Despite that, Grosjean has made the top ten shoot-out in each round, but believes that the E23 is at its best on race day.
“I think that our race pace is better than our qualifying pace but, of course, we didn't show much in Australia,” he lamented, “In Malaysia, I think we had a good race – we didn't finish where we were supposed to as we had a few issues with the car, but generally I think we could have done better than we did and, on paper, everything is looking very positive.
“We haven't put everything together right now, but I am sure we have learned a lot and, from where we were last year, it's a massive step forward. There are updates coming and, every time we put something on the car, it works in a good direction so, hopefully, this weekend is going to be a bit better, an easier race, and, from there, hopefully we can start scoring points.”
Even after two scoreless outings, things are already better for Lotus than they were a year ago – something Grosjean openly alludes too.
“If you could delete a year from the cloud of your life, I would delete 2014,” he admitted, “[Now] I have fun in the car, I enjoy driving it, it works pretty well, you can set it up - and all the credit comes to the engineers, who have listened to us and got it in a good direction.”
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