Lotus duo optimistic heading to Silverstone
28 June 2014 – Lotus team-mates Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are approaching the British Grand Prix in a confident frame of mind, with both drivers predicting that the E22 will be more suited to the Silverstone circuit.
After failing to take any points away from a challenging Austrian Grand Prix weekend, the former GP2 Series Champions reckon a return to a track with more flowing, high speed corners will yield a better outcome.
"It's a fantastic track with a lot of high speed corners which should suit the E22 a lot better than the circuits we've visited recently which have seemed to jump on every weakness with our current package," said Grosjean.
Maldonado made reference to the similarities between Silverstone and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where Grosjean scored the team's first points of the season and the Venezuelan topped the post-race test.
"Hopefully the high speed corners will work better with our car. It would be great to be back to where we were in Barcelona which is quite a similar circuit," said Maldonado, one of six drivers without a points finish in 2014.
"Obviously, at the Barcelona test teams were all running to different programmes, so I don't think we're suddenly going to be the fastest car, but I do expect to be further up the order than we have been at recent races."
Lotus, eighth in the Constructors' standings, has also confirmed a new front wing and floor for the event.