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Grosjean wants points in Malaysia: Lotus has Ferrari in view

Grosjean wants points in Malaysia
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I In qualifying for the Australian GP, ​​Lotus showed that the team has left the 2014 epidemic season behind and is regained. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado took ninth and tenth places. Two Lotus in Q3. There wasn't a single time on 19 race weekends in 2014.

Positive feelings at Grosjean

On race Sunday, however, the team from Enstone had bad luck on the black rubber. Maldonado had an innocent accident after touching Felipe Nasr in turn two. Romain Grosjean made only marginal progress. The nine-time podium visitor had to give up at the end of the first lap. Because of falling performance. Probably because of a damaged hose in the direction of the turbocharger.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the team is good. 'We left Melbourne with a positive feeling. We stayed in the top 10 all weekend,' said the Lotus driver. Grosjean still feels a little regretful. 'Of course we missed a good opportunity to collect a lot of points because many teams stumbled. We could have made fifth place.'

Two areas of the E23 could be improved

Most of the positive aspects, however. 'We were only eight tenths short of Williams and Ferrari in the third qualifying segment. Although the falling temperatures have harmed us. We are getting a better and better understanding of our car and we have our eyes on it.'

Grosjean is eager to collect points in Malaysia and in the remaining 17 races. 'We are confident that we can improve the car and that there will be a few more opportunities.'

Compared to last year, the Lotus E23 is way better. Mainly because of the Mercedes power in the rear. 'Compared to 2014, I can drive the car 100 percent in qualifying. But we have still identified room for improvement in two areas.'

Grosjean in Malaysia did not want to and was not allowed to reveal which these are. Secrecy, of course. It is possible that Lotus is dragging along the problems of the Barcelona tests. At that time, the Frenchman still saw potential in traction. And he wanted a more stable tail.


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