Grosjean takes heart from practice starts
14 March 2014 – Lotus endured a miserable day during practice for the Australian Grand Prix but Romain Grosjean says that completing practice starts was a positive step in the right direction.
Lotus arrived in Australia off the back of a trouble pre-season campaign and matters didn't improve across the two 90 minute practice sessions.
Grosjean missed the first session due to a gearbox fluid leak but made it out on track in the second session. He managed 12 laps - which included some off-track excursions - and ended his running in the gravel after striking the outside wall under braking for turn six.
"If we take the positives we can say that we’ve completed a few practice starts, and we’ve proven that Renault have done a good job from the laps we completed," said Grosjean.
"It’s certain that we have a lot of work ahead and we still need to learn the tyres, the brakes and find a good setup. We’re taking a few steps every time we go out in the car and for sure we’ll get where we want to be."
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado completed two laps in the opening session but sat out the second session due to a wiring loom issue.
"It was clear that we're not the only ones to suffer on track and we have to work very hard, and maybe harder than the others, to try to catch up and be ready for tomorrow," said the Venezuelan driver.