Lotus still looking for 'pot of good luck'
25 August 2014 – Federico Gastaldi says that Lotus will "keep looking for that pot of good luck" after more misery in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean both failed toreach the chequered flag. Maldonado was first out due to a suspected exhaust failure - he only completed one lap - while Grosjean hit the back of Marussia's Jules Bianchi at the start and then parked his car with 11 tours to go.
"It was highly unfortunate that we had to retire both cars," said Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal.
"There is pace and the team is working extremely hard to extract every ounce of performance," he added.
"We will regroup between now and Monza of course, and do everything we can to improve further.
"We'll also keep looking for that pot of good luck."
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director, described it as a "tough race".
"Romain sustained damage at the first corner, which meant we had to change the front wing at the end of that lap," Permane recounted. "We opted for the prime tyres and he was actually running very strongly from then on, although obviously a long way back.
"Unfortunately, he picked up some damage after his final pit stop which made the car a real handful for him – he radioed in that the car was dangerous, so the only sensible thing to do was retire.
"Pastor suffered from what looks to be an exhaust failure early on in the race.
"We're investigating both cars to understand what happened."