Lotus suffered a double retirement in Australia on Sunday with Pastor Maldonado exiting the race on lap 29 and Romain Grosjean parking his E22 on lap 44. Both early departures were due to problems with the MGU-K.
It concluded a terrible first race weekend for the team after reliability problems cost them track time on Friday and Saturday. “In simple terms, we’ve finished a disappointing weekend with a disappointing race, with neither car finishing,” said Permane.
“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.”
Newly-appointed deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi also commented on the race. “Though the results do not show it, everyone in the team has done a fantastic job in very challenging circumstances,” he said.
“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.”
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