Disappointment for Lotus in Monaco qualifying
Grosjean easily made it through to Q3 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and was able to finish eighth in the race despite a problem with his Renault power-unit.
However, both Grosjean and his team-mate Pastor Maldonado suffered disappointment in qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix and will start the race from 15th and 16th on the grid.
The Enstone-based outfit’s E22 has proved to lack performance in Monaco’s slow corners, which was a concern prior to the race weekend.
Things looked a little more promising on Thursday, but the qualifying simulations in third practice on Saturday morning made Grosjean and Maldonado’s struggles clear and their race pace doesn’t look particularly strong either.
Both drivers were elevated a position on the grid thanks to Felipe Massa failing to compete in Q2 following a clash with Marcus Ericsson in the opening session.
Grosjean admitted after qualifying that the car simply “wasn’t fast enough”; while Maldonado said he was hoping for a better result.
When asked how the session went for Lotus, trackside operations director Alan Permane added: “Disappointing, we simply didn’t have the pace through the slow speed corners here. Unfortunately, there are rather a lot of low speed corners here which means we’ve struggled relative to our rivals and fourteen and fifteen on the grid is the result.”
It looks unlikely that the team will be able to add to its points tally in Monaco, as overtaking is notoriously tricky and more durable tyres may limit potential strategies.
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