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GP Week : Issue 197
While the finger of performance and reliability issues had been pointed at engine suppliers Renault, the performance of Red Bull and Toro Rosso tended to suggest that the issues at Lotus ran deeper. They did, and the team had a tough, tough weekend. Practice previewed what was to come, with precious little on-track time – and often that became off-track time as the drivers dealt with what appeared to be serious issues with handling and fly-by-wire braking. Qualifying was a debacle but, on the upside, the cars showed semi- reasonable pace in the race, with Grosjean making good progress from a pit-lane start – although neither finished. Sebastian Grosjean did get to two-thirds distance, with pit lane wags noting that this meant the team had to unpack their wheel guns – they’d already been packed away as non-one expected to get that far into the race ... Aero balance and fly-by-wire braking issues were among the dramas, although in the race it was a gearbox issue which ultimately halted Grosjean after 43 laps: “I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we've had this weekend, and we managed 45! We've learnt a lot today and all the changes made to the car have been positive. “We still have a long way to go, but at least I know more about tyre usage, all my engineers know where we need to improve with the chassis, and we've learnt a lot about aero balance and fuel consumption.” Lotus: the only way is up ... 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRALIA PARTNERS: