Having arrived at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with high hopes that it could score handsomely on the street circuit, the Lotus F1 Team instead left licking its wounds.
Senior leaders admitted that the team was “lucky” to come away with any points after a very uncompetitive weekend, and conceded that it had plenty of work to do ahead of next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Monaco specialist Pastor Maldonado wasn’t even able to make the start when his Renault-powered E22 suffered a fuel pump failure on the dummy grid, while Romain Grosjean saw his early hopes of a top-ten finish evaporate when he was involved in first-lap contact with Adrian Sutil as the pair tried to avoid Sergio Pérez’s spinning Force India at Mirabeau.
The Frenchman had to pit for hasty repairs and rejoined at the rear of the field. He eventually finished eighth to claim four points, with the result coming from significant attrition rather than any outright pace from the twin-tusk car.
“We were lucky with retirements and managed to score four points for an eighth place finish,” Lotus’ trackside operations director Alan Permane conceded afterwards.
“It has been a disappointing weekend for us. We now look ahead to the next race and will work hard to correct issues we have seen here this weekend to get back up to an acceptable level of performance.”
“We know though that we still have work to do and Monaco certainly hasn’t played to our strengths,” the team’s deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi added.
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