Lotus: Monaco performance unacceptable
27 May 2014 – Lotus F1 Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane has said the Enstone team will work hard now for Canada in a bid to 'correct the issues' seen in Monaco and get 'back up to an acceptable level of performance'.
Pastor Maldonado was unable to even start the race on Sunday due to a fuel pump issue on the grid, and while Romain Grosjean did score in the sister car, despite getting tagged by Adrian Sutil on the opening lap, Permane still felt the weekend was 'disappointing'.
"It has been a disappointing weekend for us," he confirmed. "Pastor's car didn't make it to the start of the race because of what looks like a fuel pump problem. Romain was hit from behind the first lap and got a puncture so we had to pit him early unfortunately.
"From then on, it was a long afternoon at the back of the field and in the end we were lucky with retirements and managed to score four points for an eighth place finish.
"We now look ahead to the next race and will work hard to correct issues we have seen here this weekend to get back up to an acceptable level of performance."
Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi agreed it was a far from satisfactory showing: "We scored some lucky points today but our overall weekend has been disappointing."
"It's been very frustrating that Pastor couldn't start the race and we have to identify the cause of this. Romain stayed focused and did a very good job to score the team some valuable points.
"We know though that we still have work to do and Monaco certainly hasn't played to our strengths," Gastaldi summed-up.