He may not have completed the Australian GP but Romain Grosjean says on the up side he stayed in the race longer than he thought he would.
After a disastrous pre-season in which Lotus never came close to completing a race distance and a difficult time in qualifying where he was slowest of all,
Grosjean was not anticipating much from his Australian Grand Prix.
However, he actually got a bit more out of it than expected.
The Frenchman stayed in the race until lap 44, more laps than his E22 had completed at any one time, which was when his twin-tusked car finally gave up.
"I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we've had this weekend, and we managed 45!" said Grosjean.
"We've learnt a lot and all the changes made to the car have been positive.
"We still have a long way to go, but at least I know more about tyre usage, all my engineers know where we need to improve with the chassis, and we've learnt
a lot about aero balance and fuel consumption.
"Of course there's more to do with the energy management and recovery and some work yet with the braking."
He added: "We've still got lots of work to do, but we're definitely heading in the right direction."
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