Despite completing just 33 laps on day three of the final pre-season test, Romain Grosjean believes all is not lost at Lotus.
The Frenchman’s first outing of the day was delayed due to repair work following Friday’s engine fire and a wiring issue. He completed two laps more than team-mate Pastor Maldonado’s tally from Friday’s session before the Lotus E22 ground to a halt thanks to yet another power-unit problem.
The Enstone-based outfit’s day may have ending early once again, but Grosjean remains optimistic. He admits that they are behind schedule, but says that doesn’t mean all is lost just yet.
“It wasn’t a perfect day,” he said. “For the time we were on track we were certainly learning, but it is true to say that we haven’t been as successful as we wished in our preparations so far.
“This doesn’t mean that everything is lost or that it will be impossible for us to win races, but certainly we are behind schedule. We’ll just keep working together to get on top of the situation and get some more time in the car.”
Alan Permane, trackside operations director, explained the mechanical woes suffered by the team on Saturday: “Today we had a wiring issue in the morning, which meant we started our running late, and an MGUK problem in the afternoon, which meant we ended our running early.
“It would be an understatement to say that this is not how we wanted our day to go. We are doing everything we can to ensure we get more running tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing.”
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