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Grosjean and Maldonado preview 2014

The Lotus duo preview the upcoming season.
Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21st, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - With only three weeks until lights out at the opening race of the season in Australia, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado preview the year ahead.

Heading into his third year at Lotus, Grosjean says he's 'ready to lead the way' to help the team win races and championships.

"We have a common aim for the future and we want to win races and win Championships. We'll work hard as we did to achieve even more than last year. I am ready to lead the way with this challenge." He said. 

The Frenchman has nine podiums under his belt already and hopes the Enstone based team have given him a car that will help him take his first win. 

"I trust the people here to try to give me all the tools we need to achieve that win - it's a good car, a good engine, we have a good strategy, we have good engineers and mechanics and a good driver." he said.

"So I'm looking forward to try and will go for it, and the day it comes, we'll have a big party!"

When asked what he thought about the E22 Grosjean said he liked the car but would love it if it helped him win.

"Our guys have been pretty clever with it; I really like the idea of trying something different, and we'll just need to see when we get to Melbourne where we are. But I really like the car, and if it's a winning car then I will love it!"

Pastor Maldonado, who joins the team after three years at Williams, says he feels Lotus' 2014 challenger is revolutionary.

"The E22 is just amazing, I think it's the most revolutionary car in the paddock." Maldonado said.

"The car looks great, it's a combination between the new technology and many other new ideas. It's pretty special to see a nose like that - I've never seen something like that in the past."

Maldonado hopes Lotus can give him the opportunity to perform more consistently.

"In the past I've been quite good in my last team, and maybe here I will get extra power to be more consistent and I think together we can make a very strong team."

Explaining why he chose the number 13 for his car, Maldonado said that 13 is not considered unlucky in Venezuela.

"The reason I chose the number 13 is just because I like it. In Venezuela it is not an unlucky number and it actually has a long history in Venezuelan sport." He said.

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