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GP Week : Issue 200
After its disastrous start to the season, to see a Lotus in the top 10 after qualifying was a measure of the rapid improvement the team has made. Ultimately, though, a new problem – gearbox – hit the leading car in the race: " We started by losing fourth gear,” reported Romain Grosjean, “and it got worse and essentially we lost all gears. It's the first time we've had a problem like this so we'll have to understand what happened. “It had been quite nice in the race as we'd been fighting for ninth position so we were in the points, which is a good improvement from before. We didn't make it to the end of the race today but let's hope we finish in the points in Barcelona." From the back of the grid after his bizarre pre- qualifying shunt, Pastor Maldonado at least made progress: " Today wasn't my best race ever but we finished. My pace wasn't fantastic but at least we moved forwards and I pushed as hard as I could. We will look at the data as we seemed to lack pace on the straights which made it difficult to over take and also difficult to defend. “It will be nice to have a race weekend without any problems, and that's what we are all working for when we head to Europe." Lotus: small steps 43 GPWEEK.com // 43 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: