Grosjean: Lotus had potential to make Q3
29 March 2014 – Romain Grosjean says that he was surprised to make it through to Q2 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix but believes Lotus had the potential to make it through to the top 10 shootout.
Lotus has endured a troublesome time with their recalcitrant E22 this season but Grosjean progressed through to Q2 during wet conditions at Sepang. The Frenchman will start the race from the 15th on the grid.
"It was definitely a good surprise to reach Q2 today, and I think we would have had the potential to reach Q3 had it not been for a miscommunication towards the end of the session when I should have come in for new tyres," he said.
"At the moment we're just trying to make the best of everything we have and then to put that together. It's clear there has been some good progression; today we made some strong improvements and didn't have many problems, so we just need a bit more of that!
"The car was on the track when we wanted it to be, and we were able to try a few different things - some of which worked, and some of which didn't - and it was a good Q1. Q2 could have been better, but overall we'll hope that everything goes well tomorrow and then we'll take it from there."
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado narrowly missed out on making it through to Q2 and believes that he would have progressed has the session not been prematurely stopped due to Marcus Ericsson's accident.
"I was on a good flying lap when the red flag came out and, for sure, I would have improved my position if I had been able to finish my lap," said Maldonado, who will start from 16th place. "At the same time, I think we were a bit late with new tyres, so we'll need to analyse that. In these conditions it's a bit like a lottery, and this time I was unlucky. The important and positive thing is that the car is running quite well, and there were no problems today, which is very good."