An Eventful First Night Race for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean finished twelfth with Pastor Maldonado not far behind in fourteenth in the first night Grand Prix at theBahrain International Circuit. Representing another vital step forwards, neither car suffered from reliability issues and the E22 showed improved relative pace following yesterday’s qualifying, as expected by the team. Romain finished just outside the top ten, missing out on the elusive first points of the season, whilst Pastor was involved in an incident with Esteban Gutiérrez, resulting in a ten-second stop and go penalty.
“It's good that we didn't have any problems during the weekend and we were able to finish the race with both cars,” recokoned Romain. “It's not easy racing - what with the fuel management and energy recovery system – so there’s certainly more mental work going on in the cockpit. At certain points of the race we were quite quick, but then at other points we were really struggling with the rear grip. Fortunately, we now have two days of testing at Bahrain so we’ll be able to try a lot of different set-ups to try to get the car more as we want it."
Pastor received a ten-second stop and go as well as three penalty points on his licence and a five-place grid penalty for his part in the incident with Gutiérrez. "For sure it's difficult to understand exactly what happened and I was coming out from the pits and with cold tyres. I think he was very unlucky and it’s good he jumped straight out of the car. As a team it’s a plus that we finished the race with two cars which is very important and now we need to learn from this and push hard for Shanghai."