Grosjean reluctant to blame Renault
3 July 2014 – Romain Grosjean says he is reluctant to point the finger at engine suppliers Renault despite the French driver encountering several problems so far in 2014.
Grosjean scored points in China and Spain – even though he lost a cylinder in the latter race – but has failed to finish in the top 10 at the past three races.
Grosjean, who admitted that the current E22 isn't as strong a package as last year's E21, believes that it is futile to blame Renault for Lotus's shortcomings.
"In the race in Austria, same as Barcelona, I lost a cylinder and it makes the driveability poor and performance down," he said. "It's not easy, [but] it's useless to point the finger – they [Renault] are trying.
"If we can get 50 more horsepower and more reliability we can take it, but it is what it is."
Grosjean is nonetheless anticipating the downforce dependent nature of Silverstone to aid Lotus's recovery, citing its similarities to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where he qualified in fifth place.
"The last ones have been very difficult," he said of races in Monaco, Canada and Austria.
"The nature of the [Silverstone] circuit on paper looks much better for us, much less engine [power]. We are also trying to find back what happened in Barcelona and from then on to improve the situation."