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GP Week : Issue 201
The team making the most progress since Melbourne is obvious. It’s Lotus – well, at least half of the team. While a great qualifying effort from Romain Grosjean wasn’t reflected in the final result (a ‘power unit’ problem), there were at least points and some optimism to be had. The other side of the Lotus garage continues to be a conundrum. Yes, the dollars that come with Pastor Maldonado are compelling ... but his Q1 crash was amateurish, confining him to a back-row start and progress only as far as 15th. There must be a number of tongues being bitten at this team. For his part Grosjean was up-beat: " It's been a tough battle for us to get points this season and that was cer tainly one of the hardest races I've contested in a long time. I did ever ything I could to drive around the power unit issues, which really made things difficult when battling the other cars. “t 's good for all the crew at the track and at Enstone to finally get a reward for all their hard work. There are still a lot of areas where we can improve and cer tainly the car wasn't as quick today as it was yesterday, with the different track conditions as well as the other issue. “It's Mothers' Day in Switzerland so this one's for my mum!" Renault’s Laurent Debout outlined the race: " We're obviously ver y happy to score our first points of the season and we were enjoying a very good first stint in front of both Ferraris but unfortunately Romain's power unit developed a problem which cost him a step in power for the rest of the race. “Given the circumstances, Romain did an incredible job, battling right to the chequered flag.” Lotus: half okay – getting there 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPAIN PARTNERS: