Grosjean pleased to complete race distance
30 March 2014 – Romain Grosjean says he is pleased to have notched up Lotus's first race finish of 2014.
Grosjean started the race from 15th and finished just outside of the points in 11th and revealed that the E22 suddenly lost downforce during the final stint of the race.
"11th place is good for all the guys at Enstone and at the track, and it's good for me too," he said. "Finishing the race was our first objective and then we wanted to see where we were with our car. It's not perfect yet but it's good to be where we are at this stage.
"I had a big loss of downforce around eight laps to the end especially in the rear of the car which made things difficult, especially when I had to defend. Without that issue, I’m sure we could have finished higher. It's good to be back and close to the points so it's a positive for all of us. It was a good battle at the end. I kept remembering our past battles to make sure Kimi [Räikkönen] couldn't go through!"
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado retired early on but also echoed Grosjean's sentiments about Lotus's progress.
"After the start we were losing a lot of power so we'll have to investigate later to see what the issue is and analyse the data," he said. "This problem meant I had to retire in order to protect the engine. Despite that, this weekend has been clearly a step forwards."