Monday, 11 May 2015

Lotus don't want a repeat of clash

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

The Lotus F1 Team have told their drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado that they never want what happened in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix to repeat itself in the future.

The team-mate’s touched wheels at T3 during Sunday’s race in an incident reminiscent of Grosjean’s clash with then team mate Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungarian Grand Prix a few seasons back. In that incident however neither car sustained damage.

In Sunday’s race however, Pastor Maldonado’s car was damaged in the impact and although the team removed the piece of bodywork that was damaged on his car, it was decided that the best thing to do was to retire the Venezuelan from the race. Romain Grosjean went on to finish the race in the points in eighth place.

Despite the incident, the Enstone outfit have refused to blame either driver for what happened. Speaking following the race, Lotus F1 Team’s Technical Director Nick Chester commented by saying:

That was an eventful race for us. It was a good result for Romain with another four points in the bag despite an issue with the gearbox which he managed well. Pastor was looking quick but we had to pit him to remove some damaged bodywork. The extra stop proved too much of a penalty as despite him setting strong lap times, we weren’t able to work back up the order so we retired the car to avoid any additional damage.

Deputy Team Principal at Lotus, Frederico Gastaldi commented after the race saying:

Both our drivers put in really strong performances today, with Romain finishing in eighth despite a gearbox issue and Pastor driving relentlessly before we retired him, but the real heroes today were the pit crew. Our pit box proved slippery causing Romain to stop long, resulting in three of the crew being slightly worse for wear, but nevertheless they were back in action for the subsequent stops. This is another endorsement of Enstone’s never give up spirit and we know the guys will be fighting fit for Monaco.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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