Despite a problematic start to their Formula 1 preseason testing, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean remains upbeat about the all new Renault powered E22 after a mere eight laps on day one in Bahrain.
Grosjean told the media, “It is what it is. We have a car and we know that with all these changes, it could have some issues. On the other hand, if the car is well-born we have three practice sessions in Melbourne to put it on the right footing and start from there.”
“I think it will be important to put some mileage on the car, see how the brakes, the tyres and all these things stay in one piece; getting everything we can sorted before Melbourne,” he said.
“I don’t really care about set-up work and things like that: that’s going to be in Free Practice. It’s just fixing all the issues and making sure the car is in one piece when we do long runs.”
Amid the engine problems that have affected all the Renault runners, at Jerez first and now in Bahrain, Grosjean remains positive about the car produced by the Enstone outfit.
“It feels good, I’m happy to be here. Not as many laps as we would have loved but it was good to be back in the car. It was a few laps but I enjoyed the time,” he said.
“To be honest, I think there is so many things going on in the rear of the car; I don’t understand everything, but it was related to engines and batteries and stuff like that. Nothing too crazy but we need to understand and then hopefully we can get a better solution for tomorrow and then the day after,” ventured the Frenchman who finished the day ninth fastest, nearly eight seconds off the pace.
“It’s interesting. I like our car, I think the design has been very well thought out and it’s good to have this nose,” he added. “I wouldn’t say these cars are beautiful, because they are not. But that’s the regulations and we have to get the most out of it.”
Grosjean remains in the cockpit for another day, before handing over to new teammate Pastor Maldonado who will be on duty on Friday and Saturday. (GP247)
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