To The End
Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean both brought their cars home in today’s Italian Grand Prix. The Lotus F1 Team drivers fought hard throughout the 53 laps race and took the chequered flag in fourteenth place for Pastor and sixteenth for Romain.
“I made a good start and a strong first lap which gave me a better position than on the grid as I was able to get past the Saubers,” said Pastor. “From then on Pastor was able to drive a solid race albeit he wasn’t able to progress further up the grid.
“I tried to attack the Toro Rosso ahead of me, but their configuration for the straights was too much to overcome. This meant we were running at a consistent pace without any fear from the cars behind, but equally without pace in the right place to attack the cars ahead.”
Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane explained that although today’s result isn’t were the team want to be there were still positives to take.
“Both cars were reliable. We’ve taken another small step in understanding the car this weekend which helps us for the next races,” he said.
Unfortunately Romain lost some ground at the start of the race and to add to his woes he lost part of his sidepod and experienced some downshift issues later in the race.
The Frenchman is already looking forward to the next leg of the season, with the next race taking F1 to Singapore.
“I don’t think the tracks we will visit next will be as challenging for us as this one has been,” he concluded.