Crossing the line in 11th place just outside the points might not seem much cause for celebrations, but just finishing was a landmark moment for Lotus.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean finished in eleventh position after a hot and humid Malaysian Grand Prix, whilst Pastor Maldonado was forced to make an early retirement to prevent damage to his Renault Sport F1 power unit.
There were points in the Malaysian Grand Prix for Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat…
Romain Grosjean believes he could have got his Lotus in to Q3 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix if he had made the right call to pit for fresh tyres
Lotus' Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth after a wet and wild rain-delayed qualifying session at the Sepang International Circuit for the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado denies feeling frustrated by the seemingly endless list of problems Lotus are having with their car, despite spending another day on the sidelines during opening practice for the Malaysia GP.
Renault insists customer status is not hurting the Lotus Formula 1 team, as problems with the reliability of the E22 continued in Malaysia on Friday.
Pastor Maldonado said it was power unit issues that were again at the centre of Lotus’ problems during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean is putting a brave face on Lotus’ continued struggles, as issues on both the team’s and Renault’s side of the garage limited him to another paltry return during Friday practice
Lotus’ troubled start to the season continued in Sepang as the team’s drivers set a total of just 14 timed laps across both opening practice sessions, with neither driver record a time in FP1 and Pastor Maldonado failing to set a time all day. The Venezuelan was restricted to the garage for much of the morning session in Malaysia but he eventually took the track with 20 minutes remaining.
Team Representatives – Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso) Q: Cyril, can I begin with you? You did a lot of mileage in the pre-season testing but it’s not been so good when it’s come to the actual action
Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ pacesetting form by topping the times in Free Practice for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The top three cars were 7/100ths of a second apart; six cars were separated by just 0.2 seconds. The Australian GP winner set a benchmark time of 1:39.909, with Raikkonen and Vettel joining the German in dipping below the 100-second barrier, all with the use of the medium tyre, the softer of the two compounds on offer this weekend.
Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ pacesetting form by topping the times in Free Practice for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The top six cars were separated by just 0.2 seconds. The Australian GP winner set a benchmark time of 1:39.909, with Raikkonen and Vettel joining the German in dipping below the 100-second barrier, all with the use of the medium tyre, the softer of the two compounds on offer this weekend.
Friday FIA press conference from Malaysia with Federico Gastaldi (Lotus), Paul Hembery (Pirelli), Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber) and Franz Tost (Toro Rosso).
Romain Grosjean is convinced Lotus will be close to fellow Renault outfit Red Bull once it has accumulated more mileage with the E22
Drivers – Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Q: Valtteri, we’ll start with you. Quite a race in Australia, 15th to sixth, hit the wall, back down to 15th, back up to sixth again, very eventful. But what do you think was possible that day?
Romain Grosjean is hoping for a “step forward” from struggling Lotus at this weekend’s Malaysia GP, although he acknowledges that it couldn’t have been much worse for them in Melbourne two weeks ago.
Pastor Maldonado says Lotus’ target at the Malaysian Grand Prix is to simply get both cars to the finish after pre-season testing and the opening race in Australia were dogged by unreliability problems.
Romain Grosjean believes Lotus will make a big step forward at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix having learned so much from Melbourne
Pastor Maldonado admits it has been a “very tough” start to life at Lotus following his winter switch from Williams.
Lotus believes its E22 still has the potential to be “very strong”, but admits it is unlikely to be competing at competitive level until the Spanish Grand Prix
Amongst the drivers who will take part in the official FIA press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday will be Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who scored his first ever Grand Prix victory in Malaysia in 2003. And on Friday it is the turn of senior team personnel – including Lotus’s recently-appointed deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi – to answer questions from the press.
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado displaying right attitude, despite Lotus F1′s current predicament, says deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi ahead of the Malaysian GP.
Having dusted themselves off after Australia’s season opener, the F1 teams regroup in the heat of Kuala Lumpur next weekend, where the challenge of the Sepang International Circuit awaits. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Lotus F1 Team’s ‘Engineer’s guide’ to the Sepang International Circuit, venue for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second round in the F1 2014 World Championship…
Lotus F1 technical director Nick Chester says the team probably won’t be running where it wants until after the flyways, although he does still expect ‘small steps’ in Malaysia and Bahrain.
Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado is convinced the Enstone-based team can recover and do well this year, despite an extremely troubled start to F1 2014.
Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester has warned it could take until the Spanish Grand Prix in May before they return to the level they want to compete at.
Romain Grosjean admits that he is hoping for further improvements from Lotus’ latest F1 car as the team heads towards the Malaysian Grand Prix.
New deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi is confident that Lotus F1 can turn its season around, starting with a weekend of learning in Malaysia.
New Lotus deputy principal Federico Gastaldi admits the team is still a long way behind its rivals, but is adamant it will be in a position to close the gap when the F1 circus returns to Europe in May
Lotus thinks it may have to wait until the Spanish Grand Prix before it is able to fight near the front of the Formula 1 grid again
They missed the first winter test, qualified at the back of the grid in Australia and then failed to get either car to the finish. It’s not been the best of starts to 2014 for Lotus.
Having dusted themselves off after Australia’s season opener, the F1 teams regroup in the heat of Kuala Lumpur next weekend, where the challenge of the Sepang International Circuit awaits. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Ongoing issues with the troublesome Lotus E22 are a consequence of the team’s late start to the 2014 Formula 1 season, according to engine supplier Renault.
Ongoing issues with the troublesome Lotus E22 are a consequence of the team’s late start to the 2014 Formula 1 season, according to engine supplier Renault.
Lotus was encouraged by the amount of running it managed to achieve in the Australian Grand Prix despite neither driver finishing the race
Lotus is heading in the right direction following the Australian Grand Prix according to Romain Grosjean, despite both cars retiring from the 2014 Formula 1 curtain-raiser
Lotus recorded a double DNF at Australia in the season opener of F1. Romain Grosjean started from the pitlane but saw his run halted by an MGU-K issue, the same component that also stopped Pastor Maldonado.
Romain Grosjean still has faith Lotus can produce a ‘monster’ of a car despite starting the new Formula One season with a wretched dog.
Lotus Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado believe the problems plaguing the team’s Australian Grand Prix weekend are different to those faced in pre-season testing
Pastor Maldonado believes it is possible for his Lotus to see the finish of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, even though he failed to set a qualifying time
Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will start from the back of the grid for the season opening Australian Grand Prix after a tough and trying qualifying session at Albert Park. Romain completed six laps in Q1, however a mapping issue prevented him from setting a lap faster than the 21st quickest.
The Lotus and Marussia Formula 1 teams broke curfew on Saturday morning, as they battled to prepare their cars in time for the final practice session at the Australian Grand Prix
The four Renault endured mixed fortunes on Friday in Australia as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its problems. While RBR and Toro Rosso had relatively troublefree days both Caterham and Lotus faced huge … Continue reading →
Lotus F1 Team today announced the appointment of Federico Gastaldi as the new Deputy Team Principal. Promoted from within the team, Gastaldi has worked for Lotus F1 Team since 2010 as Director of Business Development as the most recent role in a long relationship with Enstone.
Hamilton and his team-mate Nico Rosberg blew the field away to make it a Mercedes one-two during Friday’s practice in Melbourne
Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado endured a frustrating first day of the 2014 season with the E22 at the Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park with both drivers completing limited time on track.
Romain Grosjean says Lotus is paying the price for its lack of pre-season testing mileage this weekend and is not confident the E22 will run a race distance at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean reckons Lotus is now going to have to treat the Australian Grand Prix like a test session after a difficult opening day of Formula 1 action.