Much more problems for troubled Lotus F1 crew in Malaysia: Maldonado, Grosjean fail to log many laps in Formula One practice

Maldonado, Grosjean fail to log several laps in Formula One particular practice

By: Adam Cooper on 3/28/2014

Romain Grosjean failed to log a lap-time Friday morning at Malaysian Grand Prix practice.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Romain Grosjean failed to log a lap-time Friday morning at Malaysian Grand Prix practice.

The struggling Lotus Formula One particular group endured an additional disastrous day in Sepang on Friday as Pastor Maldonado failed to log a lap time throughout practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Maldonado finished only 2 installation laps in the morning ahead of he was forced to park the car, and a electrical power unit modify — including key parts such as the V6 engine, the turbo and the motor generator units — meant that he could not run in the afternoon.

Teammate Romain Grosjean also failed to log a lap-time in the morning, and his afternoon session was curtailed by a gearbox issue.

“We have to work and attempt to remedy all our problems,” explained Grosjean. “We are focusing on each concern we encounter. This morning we couldn’t do any laps, and this afternoon we burnt a cable which stopped the gearbox from functioning. Of program I really do not get out of the car with a smile when my automobile is parked out on track and is not functioning, and you do swear a little bit in your head! But as I’ve said before, it’s only the 2nd race of the season and we always knew we would be commencing on the back foot. We will get to the place we want to be.”

“Our problems nowadays were centered close to the electrical power unit,” stated Maldonado. “Hopefully we have fixed every little thing ahead of tomorrow and will be able to do ample for [the final practice session] and qualifying. It’s important for the group and it is important for me to be in a position to check the automobile and push a small bit, as it was not the case in the very first race. It’s challenging as every time we’re expecting to be much better and better.

“We’ve been functioning so hard, the mechanics, the engineers, with each other with Renault Sport F1. We just require to try and be sturdy enough to accept when we have a problem and as quickly as almost everything is fixed, be ready to be out and attack instantly.”

Technical director Nick Chester admitted Lotus has not had wonderful start to the weekend.

“Not a great day, really far from it in fact,” he mentioned. “Both autos had been delayed in the morning with mapping issues. Pastor then suffered from a turbo-relevant issue with his vehicle. This meant we essential to eliminate the engine and subsequently he was unable to run in the afternoon. Romain was able to get some much more laps in the afternoon, even so a wiring problem caused issues with his gearbox. A lot more lessons learnt, and we’ll be focusing on getting as much mileage as possible tomorrow.”

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