Chain Of Events
A dramatic and eventful 2014 British Grand Prix saw Romain Grosjean come home twelfth whilst Pastor Maldonado was classified seventeenth after pulling over with a exhaust issue on the final laps of the race. The race was red flagged after the first start following a scary-looking incident for Kimi Raikkonen and delayed whilst barriers were repaired, before a restart behind the safety car. Thankfully Kimi and Felipe Massa, who was also involved, were both unhurt and the race continued with both Lotus F1 Team cars running single pit stop strategy in the restarted race.
Pastor talked through his day, what happened to his car at the end and his incident with Esteban: “My first start felt good but after the restart we struggled for power so I wasn’t able to fight with the cars around me. I still pushed as best I could but making progress was difficult. There was contact from Esteban Gutierrez, the result of which I’m told looked spectacular, but in the car it was over very quickly and we kept on racing. We’re not sure if this added to the cause of my retirement, certainly the rear wing was moving about more than normal so we don’t know yet what other damage there was. Now I look forward to testing here on Tuesday.”
Romain remained positive despite the difficulties he faced, “It was a difficult first start to the race for me. I had a switch problem which meant limited power, but despite that we had a good first lap. I avoided the incident with Kimi, but my visor did get damaged by some debris. The restart went pretty well for me and the car felt alright. Towards the end of the race, on medium tyres, our pace was much better. We came close to the points but we’d started the race from too far down the grid. I understood quite a lot from the car today which should assist us in making progress.”
Federico Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal, rounded up the British Grand Prix and spoke of the teamwork shown by the Enstone group again: "Once more the team demonstrated great teamwork over a challenging weekend. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take advantage of what looks to be much more competitive damp weather performance as the weather was much better today. It was an eventful race and we’re thankful no-one was hurt in the incident at the start. Our performance was short of where we want it to be, but both drivers gave their all. As our local race, it was fantastic to see so many people from Enstone here and we thank them all for their ongoing hard work.”