Federico Gastaldi has heaped praise on Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado for their positive demeanour despite the terrible start Lotus have made to the new season.
Speaking to crash.net ahead of this week's Malaysian Grand Prix, the new Lotus deputy Principal admitted that the Enstone team is currently in a 'difficult situation', but added that the attitude of his drivers' cannot be faulted.
"Romain has matured greatly in the past few years. His approach to the team is very positive; he understands that we'e all making a big effort, just as he is making a big effort in the cockpit," Gastaldi told crash.net.
"Like all of us he's frustrated, obviously. However he's very hands-on and wants to understand what is needed from his side in order to move forward in the right direction.
"Australia was tough for him, with tricky free practice sessions, and a disastrous qualifying. The race was what it was, in essence a test, but ultimately he is very positive - he knows this is a good team who deliver great cars and win races."
"For Pastor it's all new, but his approach has been extremely positive [too]."
"His work ethic is very serious and he's a hardworking professional. Obviously, like Romain, he felt frustrated. I think it's natural! Romain has been here longer, and Pastor paid attention to him and the way in which everything worked over the weekend."
"Pastor has been very constructive and thumbs up to him for delivering the maximum in what is a temporarily difficult situation."
Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester echoed Gastaldi's sentiments, adding that both Grosjean and Maldonado's approach to the Australian Grand Prix were admirable.
"Both drivers were really strong and resolute in their approaches. They knew that it was going to be a challenging weekend after the evidence from the final test in Bahrain and although they wanted it to be a normal race weekend, I think that they both knew the value of making the very most of whatever track time we got," Chester told crash.net.
"They were very professional throughout the weekend in Melbourne. Their feedback was very important particularly after the race when they had done a lot of miles even though unfortunately we didn't finish the race itself."
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