Romain takes first points, but could have been more
Lotus F1 Team registered its first points of the 2014 season in the Spanish Grand Prix thanks to a sterling drive from Romain Grosjean from fifth on the grid to eighth come the chequered flag despite being down on power for more than three quarters of the 66 lap race around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Romain celebrated his 50th Grand Prix start with one of his hardest drives as he tried to stay in the battle with both Ferraris – a fight he was unable to win – but managed to keep the two stalking Force Indias at bay.
“It’s been a tough battle for us to get points this season and that was certainly one of the hardest races I’ve contested in a long time,” said Romain afterwards.
“I did everything I could to drive around the power unit issues, which really made things difficult when battling the other cars.
“It’s good for all the crew at the track and at Enstone to finally get a reward for all their hard work. There are still a lot of areas where we can improve and certainly the car wasn’t as quick today as it was yesterday, with the different track conditions as well as the other issue. It’s Mothers’ Day in Switzerland so this one’s for my mum!"
Pastor meanwhile could reflect on a relatively uneventful race, with seven places made from 22nd to 15th come the chequered flag.
“We made a step forward in terms of pace with the car this weekend, it was much more competitive than 15th but the lack of top speed meant we weren’t able to attack even if we had a quicker car than others around us,” he said.
“We need to keep working on that and to be faster on the straights. Today’s result is a bit disappointing but my race had been already compromised by starting at the back the grid. At least we saw the chequered flag and collected more data for the team to keep on developing the car."
The team was pleased to get its first points, but eager for more, with a two-day test to follow for the team in Barcelona on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We are very pleased for the team and for Romain to have scored our first points today,” said Deputy Team Principal, Federico Gastaldi.
“It’s certainly been a long road to get to this place. It’s not all a sweet taste as we were expecting to have finished further up the grid. We had some issues with the power unit again so we need to keep working with Renault Sport F1 to ensure we can keep fighting for as many points as possible. We have two days of testing coming up and our target is to carry on making improvements in performance and reliability.”