Following winning the race last year, Lotus has considerations for Melbourne in 2014
By: Associated Press on March 13, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Final year Lotus won the Australian Grand Prix. This season, there is concern as to whether or not or not the team’;s vehicle will even make the commencing grid.
Last 12 months Lotus won the Australian Grand Prix. This yr the group is wondering if its autos will even be on the starting up grid.
The crew arrived at this weekend’;s Formula A single season opener after what driver Romain Grosjean frankly describes as a “disastrous winter” in which the vehicles suffered a litany of technical difficulties with the new Renault V6 hybrid turbo engine.
The crew was so preoccupied with solving the application-controlled engine issues that it barely got a opportunity to operate on the new aerodynamics, tire management or other vital elements.
That signifies this Friday’;s testing sessions will not be the standard fine tuning so a lot as finding out from scratch how the vehicle must perform.
“It’;s not frustrating, it is just a tiny bit of a unusual situation, since we don’;t actually know what the car is,” Grosjean explained.
“It adds a small bit of stress since we have to learn all this on the race weekend.”
Asked what the goals are for his car at the Albert Park circuit, Grosjean grinned and replied: “It can be on the grid on Sunday.”
Can, not will.
He laughed off reports of a temper tantrum at the Bahrain check sessions, saying the images that showed him in an obvious rage had been in fact staged, and that the group cannot afford any fractures or discord for the duration of the difficult early races.
“I am not interested in blaming anybody, acquiring angry and operating away,” Grosjean mentioned.
The engine difficulties are only the newest challenge for Lotus, having lost top driver Kimi Raikkonen — final year’;s winner in Australia who has decamped to Ferrari — and team principal Eric Boullier, who has moved to McLaren. The collapse of a proposed takeover also prompted a slew of reported redundancies at the Enstone, England factory.
This kind of monetary issues meant the team was keen to employ Pastor Maldonado as a driver. The ex-Williams pilot brings with him a lucrative sponsorship from Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA.
Maldonado could be forgiven for seeking for an escape clause in his newly-inked contract given the difficulties the team has encountered considering that his arrival, but he was optimistic items will enhance soon.
“It’;s very complex and it is going to consider some time to remedy all these problems,” Maldonado explained.
“Renault is the champion group, the champion engine, and they have a lot of expertise, and I hope to have a answer quite quickly.”
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