Gearbox problem prevents first Lotus points
20 April 2014 – Romain Grosjean was left frustrated after a gearbox problem with his Lotus E22 forced him into retirement at the Chinese Grand Prix, costing the French racer a points finish.
Grosjean started the race from 10th on the grid and was set to collect Lotus's first points of the year when the problem developed, sending him into the gravel.
"We started by losing fourth gear but it got worse and essentially we lost all gears," he said. "It's the first time we've had a problem like this so we'll have to understand what happened. It had been quite nice in the race as we'd been fighting for ninth position so we were in the points, which is a good improvement from before.
"We didn't make it to the end of the race today but let's hope we finish in the points in Barcelona."
Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado was 14th and admitted his performance was below-par.
"Today wasn't my best race ever but we finished," he said. "My pace wasn't fantastic but at least we moved forwards and I pushed as hard as I could. We will look at the data as we seemed to lack pace on the straights which made it difficult to overtake and also difficult to defend.
"It will be nice to have a race weekend without any problems, and that's what we are all working for when we head to Europe."