(Lotus F1 Team)
The Lotus F1 Team head into tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit after scoring their first points finish of the season last time out at the Chinese Grand Prix where Romain Grosjean finished the race in 7th place.
The Bahrain circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the Enstone based outfit as in 2012 the team secured a double podium finish with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean finishing the race in 2nd and 3rd place respectively a result which the pair repeated in 2013. Grosjean will tomorrow’s race from 10th place on the grid.
Speaking following the session the Frenchman commented by saying:
‘I’m really proud of the team and what they achieved between FP3 and qualifying today. From our runs so far this weekend, I was expecting to go out earlier so to achieve Q3 for the fourth time in a row feels very good. I’m actually slightly disappointed, I think we could have placed higher but we were lacking a little bit of grip. Tomorrow is all about the rear tyres – as opposed to China, where it was all about the fronts. We’ll be careful, prepare a car that’s well balanced and then we’ll see what it brings.’
Pastor Maldonado will start tomorrow’s race from 16th place on grid following a difficult qualifying. Speaking following the session he stated:
‘We had a problem unfortunately and weren't able to get the maximum pace from the car, meaning that it felt like we were lacking in power. It’s not the end of the world as we should be able to fix the problem so we can focus on recovering positions through the race. We have enough tyres to do a different strategy and have showed good potential on both long and short runs throughout the weekend. The pace is there and points are definitely possible so let’s do our best as always.’
© Ben Johnston 2015