Grosjean: Pointless feeling sorry for ourselves
5 April 2014 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says that there is no point in the team feeling sorry for itself after a disappointing start to the 2014 campaign.
Lotus has endured several reliability problems across the season and while Grosjean finished in 11th place last weekend in Malaysia, it is the team's only finish of 2014 so far.
"Life is a challenge," Grosjean told the official Formula 1 website. "Sure, if you look at the fantastic end of 2013 I was coming into 2014 thinking 'now I am ready to be World Champion - I will work hard and go for it'. And then you realise that it is not so; sure that's more than a bit irritating. But in reality it is only my third season in Formula One so hopefully I have plenty of time. You need to be in the right place at the right time."
Grosjean was asked to pinpoint the current weak points of the Lotus E22 but reckons it is difficult to point out a specific area which requires improving.
"I think it is a little bit of everything," he said. "We pushed very hard in 2013 to get a good car and it is no secret that we struggled a bit at the end of the year with different issues that had to be addressed. That didn't let us start the new season as well as we wanted. In winter testing we couldn’t do much mileage so we couldn't learn about the car. That was a huge burden.
"Finally in Malaysia we had a trouble free Saturday and Sunday where we could learn. And with the new pieces that we had on the car today things are much more promising. Lately the numbers from the wind tunnel don’t look bad at all. Now we have to bring it on the track, and there is no reason why we shouldn't."
The French driver also added that as the race driver, he has the easiest job in the team.
"It is pointless feeling sorry for yourself," he said. "And there is a clear upward trend: we were 21st on the grid in Australia and then 16th in Malaysia - so let's take it one race at a time. I have every reason to stay positive for the longest: I have the easiest job in the team as I come late in the morning and leave early in the evening, whereas the guys in the team they hardly sleep - they work until they drop.
"So it would not be fair to give up. And if I am the lead driver then I want to lead everybody in the same direction and bring everything with me."