Grosjean: We will get to where we want to be
28 March 2014 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has maintained that the team will get to where they want to be after suffering another difficult day during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Grosjean was 17th quickest during Friday's second practice session at Sepang but encountered more reliability issues with his Lotus E22 as a gearbox problem meant he completed only 18 laps across three hours of running.
His day came to a premature end when he was forced to stop out on track with 15 minutes left of practice.
"We have to work and try to solve all our issues," he said. "We are focusing on every issue we encounter. This morning we couldn't do any laps, and this afternoon we burnt a cable which stopped the gearbox from working. Of course I don't get out of the car with a smile when my car is parked out on track and is not working, and you do swear a little bit in your head!
"But as I've said before, it's only the second race of the season and we always knew we would be starting on the back foot. We will get to where we want to be."
Grosjean nonetheless fared better than team-mate Pastor Maldonado, whose E22 crawled to a smoky halt after two laps into the first practice session, ending his running for the day.
"It's important for the team and it's important for me to be able to test the car and push a little bit, as it was not the case in the first race. It's tough as each time we're expecting to be better and better," surmised the Venezuelan.