Romain Grosjean has vowed to reward Lotus in his final outing with the team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as it suffered another delay in setting up ahead of the race weekend due to 'freight issues'.
Similar to the troubles that befell it in Suzuka, Lotus was forced to wait until today [Thursday] to begin setting up its garage and hospitality unit, as well as preparing the cars, after delays in getting them to the Yas Marina Circuit.
It comes as Grosjean prepares to make his final race appearance with Lotus after four seasons with the Enstone-based squad, the Frenchman switching to the incoming Haas F1 Team next year.
Though Grosjean is confident the team will be ready to get him out on track in time for FP2, when he takes over from Jolyon Palmer, he sympathised with the team members being forced into another compromising situation in a year beset by financial woes.
“It is something we have experienced in the past,” he said. “We always manage to put it on track in time and as long as it is ready for FP2 then I am happy. We will try to forget that as we have shown in Suzuka and I think Brazil where we were a bit late and we didn't manage to put the car on track and to go for it [straight away].
“It is just harder for the guys that don't deserve this, but they are going to do the maximum and from there we try and score some good points.”
With Lotus still expected to be sold to Renault over the winter, Grosjean is proud the cash-strapped team has remained competitive in 2015 despite a distinct lack of development.
“To summarise the year, it was a pretty good year, I think, in terms of driving,” he said. “We had a good baseline to start the year with the car. We couldn't really update it as much as we wanted, but still fighting for sixth in the Constructors' Championship, so pretty pleased with that in this last year with Lotus.”
Regardless of whether the Renault deal is confirmed, Palmer and Pastor Maldonado will form the driver line-up.