L otus is one of the surprises of the season. Both in qualifying and in the race, the black and gold hits are with music. But somehow it should not work with the great success. Neither a podium nor a win are on the list so far. Romain Grosjean hasn't even made it to see the checkered flag.
Lots of tech updates in China
'It wasn't all wrong, but I did Made mistakes, 'says Grosjean. 'The qualifying performance is there, and we have the pace in the race too. But you simply can't make these little mistakes.'
These mistakes also include the collision with Michael Schumacher in Malaysia. After Grosjean has seen the TV pictures again, he realizes his mistake. 'We are not unlucky, everything has just not gone quite right so far,' says Grosjean.
That should change in China. Lotus has an extensive update package with it. This includes the front wing, the underbody, the baffles, the engine cover and the tie rods as well as the plate of the rear wing. 'You can actually see the changes quite well,' adds Grosjean.
GP2 experience valuable
A big advantage for the French is his experience with the Pirelli tires in GP2. The driving style of the pilot makes all the difference. Grosjean scored particularly well in qualifying. In Australia he surprised the Formula 1 world by finishing third, and in Malaysia he started the race from sixth. 'If you fall out of the temperature window, the tires won't work. But we manage to get them into the right window quite well - especially in qualifying.'