The Lotus F1 Team endured a mixed day at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday as on the one hand they scored points with Pastor Maldonado coming home in seventh place however Romain Grosjean suffered a huge crash although the car was wrecked the Frenchman who started the race from eighth place was uninjured.
Speaking following the race the Frenchman commented by saying:
I lost the rear end in a very high speed corner going through turn three and couldn’t recover it. We don’t know exactly why yet. We need to check what has happened – was it a driver error or something technical? – we’ll see. I feel sorry for the guys because there will be a lot of work to repair the car. I feel okay physically and I’ll certainly be a bit sore tomorrow morning, but I’ll be completely fine again after a couple of days. We lost some good points today but let’s understand what happened and look forward to the next race.
Maldonado started the race from 14th place and went on to finish the race in seventh place just ahead of the man he replaced at Lotus Kimi Raikkonen who was penalized following the race for causing a avoidable accident. Speaking following the race, Maldonado commented by saying:
It was a bit tough today but we opted for the right strategy from the beginning starting on the soft tyres and going longer on the first run. Unfortunately we lost a lot of time on the second stint with the new super soft tyres. Our car didn’t perform as expected at the beginning of the run but then after a few laps we started to get back into the rhythm. We scored points today which is very positive for the team and hopefully we can continue to do so in the next races.
Lotus Deputy Team Principal Frederico Gastaldi commented on the result by saying:
The most important thing from today is that Romain’s okay after his crash. We were all very relieved when we saw him jump out of the car and he was his usual happy self when he came to the garage to tell everyone about what happened. Pastor had a solid race into the points from a less than ideal starting position so a good performance from him.
Lotus F1 Team Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane commented following the race by saying:
We are looking at the data and speaking with Romain to ascertain what happened but obviously we’re glad all the safety measures did what they should. Pastor was able to make progress in a race that saw a reasonable amount of incidents. Not our strongest weekend so we’ll be looking to do better in Austin.