Lotus: We need a big leap forward
19 March 2014 – Lotus will need to make a big leap forward in Malaysia later this month, Trackside Operations Director, Alan Permane has conceded.
Lotus struggled in the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, the 2014 Formula 1 season opener, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado both retiring in the race after failing to make it through Q1 the day before.
“In simple terms, we've finished a disappointing weekend with a disappointing race, with neither car finishing,” Permane reflected. “However the 45 laps completed by Romain’s car is the longest run completed by the E22 and while we accept we're way behind, we're working hard to catch up.
“It's not the way we want to go racing. We need to make a big leap forward in Malaysia and we’re working every hour to ensure we make this leap. I'm very sure and very confident that we’ll see a big improvement in two weeks’ time.”
Federico Gastaldi, Lotus’ Deputy Team Principal, added: “Though the results do not show it, everyone in the team has done a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances. Both our cars finished with problems related to the same MGU-K component so we and Renault F1 Sport both know where we have to focus for our improvements heading to Malaysia.
"It’s clear we also have other improvements to make, but the team spirit and resolve has not diminished. We know what we have to do and we will do it.”