Grosjean: Lotus targeting big, consistent gains
21 March 2014 – Lotus's Romain Grosjean says his team is "greedy" to make big gains with the E22 chassis, after a troubled Australian Grand Prix weekend ended in retirement for both the Frenchman and Pastor Maldonado.
Having skipped the first Jerez test and struggled to put mileage on its car at the subsequent Bahrain gatherings, Lotus found itself ill-prepared for the Melbourne event, with further technical gremlins rising to the surface.
But Grosjean is optimistic that the outfit can return to the front of the Formula 1 grid as the season wears on, and made clear that all eyes are on large improvements in the coming races, as opposed to minor steps.
"Whenever we solve a problem we make a big step forward, whether it is with set-up, the engine or any other developments," said Grosjean. "We've seen this happen with other teams too. We are feeling greedy at the moment. We want to keep making big progress like in Australia, not just one or two tenths, but big chunks of time and of course better reliability. We'll prioritise and work as hard as we can to achieve that."
He added: "The mechanics definitely deserved a rest after Australia. They worked long hours all weekend and still did some of the fastest pit-stops in the race. The guys were excellent and with a work ethic like that there is no reason why we won't get on top of this car soon and exploit the huge potential of the E22."
Grosjean is hoping that the data gathered in Melbourne will lead to a much smoother Malaysian Grand Prix.
"The race in Melbourne was basically a good, long test," he explained. "It wasn't easy for the guys but I'm happy we did a lot of laps in the race. We gathered some useful data and we will now improve using that data.
"The aim now is to have a straightforward weekend at Sepang, working through our proper schedule in free practice, then carrying the benefits from that over to qualifying and the race."