Blow for Grosjean as Lotus breaks down
12 May 2012 – Lotus are tipped by many for success in Barcelona this weekend, although Romain Grosjean’s chances took a knock when he stopped in the opening minutes of final practice on Saturday morning. The Franco-Swiss, suffering a loss of fuel pressure, pulled off the circuit at the La Caixa hairpin behind the paddock complex.
“Maybe we’ll have another run but unfortunately I think it’s not good for this morning,” he told Sky Sports. “We’ll see what we can do. The engine stalled on the straight - we are looking at what is going on - and there is nothing we can do.
“It’s a shame to lose FP3, we haven’t been able to do what we wanted, but that’s how it is. We’ll try and do the best we can for later.”
On Friday, Grosjean finished sixth but was able to match the first and second sector times of pace-setting Jenson Button, despite carrying a suspected heavier fuel load.