Grosjean finds one positive

Friday 14-March-2014 10:12

On the up side Lotus managed a few practice starts in Melbourne, on the down side that's about all they really did.

The opening day of the season could not have been worse for Lotus with neither driver doing much.

Pastor Maldonado completed just two laps in the opening 90 minutes while his team-mate Romain Grosjean sat on the sidelines.

In FP2 they had a reversal of fortunes as this time Grosjean managed to put in some laps, 12, while Maldonado had an ERS issue that kept him out of the action.

And as for the 12 that Grosjean did cover, they were off the pace with the Frenchman 4.021s down before he stuck his E22 in the gravel.

"If we take the positives we can say that we've completed a few practice starts, and we've proven that Renault have done a good job from the laps we completed," Grosjean said.

"It's certain that we have a lot of work ahead and we still need to learn the tyres, the brakes and find a good setup. We're taking a few steps every time we go out in the car and for sure we'll get where we want to be."

After a trying day, tech director Nick Chester is hoping for better come Saturday.

"We experienced quite a few issues today," he said. "We were delayed getting Romain's car out in the first session due to a gearbox fluid leak whilst Pastor had an electrical problem.

"Part of Pastor's issue was related to the wiring loom, which we needed to replace. The looms are so complex for the latest generation car that this meant Pastor missed the second session. Romain managed track time in the latter session, and we have seen that Renault have made great steps in the driveability of the power unit.

"With today's issues behind us, we're hoping for a much better day tomorrow."

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