Grosjean: Plenty of work before Australia
19 February 2014 – Romain Grosjean says Lotus has plenty of work to do if it is to be in a comfortable position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
With the team skipping the first test of the year in Spain, Grosjean gave the new E22 its first public mileage at the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, but was restricted to just eight laps amid technical problems.
Reflecting on his opening day at the Middle East venue, the Frenchman commented: "I enjoyed the time in the car even if it was short.
"I think the problems are to do with temperature, we don't understand everything for now. There were small issues related to the batteries too. It's undecided if it's a problem with Lotus or with [engine supplier] Renault.
"I think it went a bit shorter than scheduled but that can happen. Hopefully they will be fixed, it is important for us to get mileage. There's nothing you can do except work hard to solve issues. I have to wait and trust the team.
"I had a good finish to the 2013 season and much of that relates to the team. I trust [the factory at] Enstone to give us a good car again but there's a long way to go before Australia. Everything depends on the car."
Grosjean went on to explain that, unlike a handful of its rivals, Lotus is not likely to spend time working on different set-up routes until the first free practice session in Melbourne, with reliability the primary focus.
"I don't really care about set-up work, that's going to be when we are driving in free practice," Grosjean added. "It's just about fixing all the issues and making sure the car is in one piece when we do long runs."
Grosjean will remain in the cockpit on Thursday, before handing over duties to Pastor Maldonado.