Grosjean: We started too far down to score
7 July 2014 – Romain Grosjean reckons he could have scored points in the British Grand Prix if he had started a little higher up the grid.
Grosjean, who lined up 11th, lost out badly at the first start, and at the restart, following Kimi Räikkönen's huge accident, slipped down to 16th position.
Although the Lotus driver made progress, he could classify no higher than 12th at the finish.
"It was a difficult first start to the race for me. I had a switch problem which meant limited power. I avoided the incident with Kimi, but my visor did get damaged by some debris," he said.
"Towards the end of the race, on Medium tyres, our pace was much better. We came close to the points but we'd started the race from too far down the grid."
"I understood quite a lot though from the car today which should assist us in making progress," he added.
Meanwhile, team-mate Pastor Maldonado retired three laps from the end with an exhaust problem, although he was still classified in 17th.
"That was a tough race for us and we weren't able to deliver the pace we want to see from the E22," Lotus Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane summarised.
"Both drivers worked hard to deliver their best in the circumstances but it was difficult for them to move forwards.
"Romain had a tough start but looked much better at the end of the race. Pastor suffered from an exhaust problem at the end of his race so we'll investigate the cause of that, especially as he was involved in contact with another car during the course of the race."