Grosjean sure of faster Lotus race pace
6 April 2014 – Romain Grosjean is sure that Lotus will be more competitive during today's Bahrain Grand Prix than they were during qualifying, when the Frenchman set the 16th fastest time.
For the second successive weekend, Grosjean narrowly edged out team-mate Pastor Maldonado to progress through to Q2 but he set the slowest time during the second segment of Saturday's knockout session.
"We knew beforehand that we were around the cut off, so it was great to get through," he said. "If we look at the whole weekend we've been struggling on the track. The car felt more together and more driveable - of course sixteenth is not great and we're never going to be satisfied with that, but I'm happy with the way the team has been working and pushing in the right direction.
"We have to try things and try to understand why we are where we are and why we are not unlocking our potential. I hope the race pace will be a little bit better than the qualifying pace and then we can put up a good fight in the race."
Maldonado echoed his team-mate's comments and also expressed a positive note with regards to the reliability of the E22, an aspect of the car which had plagued the Venezuelan driver across the opening pair of races in 2014.
"We just need to be focused and try to push even more on the development of the car to catch the people around us," he said.
"At the moment it’s fair to say our car is a bit on the slow side and quite difficult to drive. However we've made an important step forwards in terms of reliability. There have been no problems this weekend which is quite positive. For race pace we look much more competitive than in qualifying."