Grosjean targets finish and points in Australia
12 March 2014 – Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean is aiming to finish and 'maybe' score points in the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, even if the team is 'not yet in the place it wants to be'.
The Enstone-based outfit struggled in pre-season testing, but despite this the Frenchman added that there is no reason to think it is 'game over'’ and he is adamant the squad will not be treating the event as another test.
"The aim is to finish the race and maybe score points," he stated ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season-opener. "We're not yet in the place we want to be competitively, but we will be there to compete and you never know what could happen with everyone else too.
"I don't think any team can say that they are where they want to be heading to the start of the season. Yes, we're not in a nice situation but it doesn't mean that it's game over. We'll try to score as many points at every opportunity during the season."
"We've taken everything we can from the limited running we did in [testing in] Bahrain and we're working with that to ensure we can make the best start to the season given the circumstances we face," he added. "In Bahrain, every time we ran we improved and there are certainly areas where we are heading in the right direction.
"These cars are even more complicated than people first thought. With the new power unit there is a lot of work still to be done, both on our side and also on Renault Sport F1's side. We need to get things together and achieve what we know we are capable of when we have a reliable package."
Meanwhile, Grosjean also stressed that there would be no point in 'throwing his toys out of the pram' at this stage: "It's useless to run away or get upset. It's better to sit down together, go through everything we have done, find the positives, and then trust in the people who have to do the work that they do. The best I can do is to drive the car as quickly as I can."
"Everyone – all the teams – will be in the same position of not knowing what to expect, and with all the car changes I imagine there will be a few surprises! For us the weekend will be about maximising the time on track, aiming to finish the race and getting the best result possible," he reiterated.