The qualifying session for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza was tricky for both Lotus F1 Team drivers. Romain Grosjean qualified eighteenth and Pastor Maldonado set the seventeenth time.
“It was a bit of a tricky one today,” said Romain. “We had a coolant leak that the guys worked on during lunchtime and there was a lot to do. My engineer came to see me 15 minutes before the start of qualifying to say that it wasn’t looking good to go out but then when Pastor’s car left the garage every single mechanic came over to help and did a fantastic job. This was probably the best moment of the weekend. The team spirit is still there!”
Alan Permane echoed Romain’s words after qualifying and said: “We faced a race against time to get Romain’s car out for the session after a coolant leak and the crew did a great job to ensure he got out for a run.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race Romain explained: “I didn’t do a long run yesterday but normally the car should be a bit better on high fuel. We should expect one stop during the race. We will definitely fight hard.”
Pastor’s afternoon was equally challenging but the Venezuelan remains positive.
“It has been a tough weekend so far for the team,” he said. “At the end of Q1 we encountered a small hydraulic issue which should be fixed and OK for tomorrow. We need to keep pushing very hard to continue to progress and have better weekends to come. I remain confident and we expect to improve our pace slightly for the race and recover some places.”