Lotus Formula 1 group bracing for extended, challenging season: Driver Romain Grosjean admits crew is not ready for Melbourne

Driver Romain Grosjean admits team is not prepared for Melbourne

By: Paul Lotothetis, The Connected Press on March 9, 2014

The LotusFormula One team is behind where it wants to be, in part because of the difficulties encountered by engine supplier Renault.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The Lotus Formula 1 crew is behind in which it wants to be, in part due to the fact of the difficulties encountered by engine supplier Renault.

The Formula One season hasn’;t even started and it truly is already searching like a long a single for Lotus.

This 12 months is unlikely to bear resemblance to last season’;s extraordinary campaign when the British staff opened with victory at the Australian Grand Prix. Just obtaining by way of F1’;s first race of the season looks to be the objective.

“In terms of planning, we are not really ready,” French driver Romain Grosjean mentioned at preseason testing. “It really is not going to be best for Melbourne, or even Malaysia, but we will try out our greatest to boost every little thing.”

Kimi Räikkönen won in Melbourne a yr in the past to kick-start an amazing campaign alongside Grosjean for Lotus, which completed fifth in the manufacturer’;s championship ahead of McLaren and inside of attain of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Räikkönen, who aided the staff accumulate 13 podium finishes final season, has returned to Ferrari with former Williams driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela taking his seat. Staff principal Eric Boullier also bolted, to McLaren.

Renault’;s inability to get to grips with F1’;s new electrical power unit has hampered Lotus’; efforts. Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham are also struggling with the French engine producer being their supplier. Renault has warned there are nonetheless products to review just before the March sixteen opener.

“Some Melbourne preparations are incomplete,” explained Rob White, Renault Sport F1’;s deputy managing director. “We have cured or discovered workarounds for some of the troubles we had previously recognized. New problems that unveiled [themselves] as we ran a lot more have added to the unsolved products, and have disrupted working, which is disappointing for our teams.”

Lotus did not even attend the 1st of 3 preseason check sessions.

“I feel we’;re going to require a bit of luck and all the bits to line up correct for us,” Lotus technical director Nick Chester said of the team’;s possibilities of really finishing in Australia.

Lotus added far more than 120 new elements at the ultimate testing session in Bahrain last week.

“It will be great if we can get a few points, but if we will not, then we realize that it truly is a chance to move forward,” said Grosjean, who is going into his 4th F1 season. “But honestly, it really is not going be a simple season for any person.”

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