BARCELONA, 11th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Romain Grosjean picked up the team's first points of the season at his 50th Grand Prix.
Grosjean started the race in fifth and finished in eighth, picking up four points in the process.
The Frenchman said it was one of the hardest race he’d had and suffered power unit issues which made it harder to fight for positions.
“It’s been a tough battle for us to get points this season and that was certainly one of the hardest races I’ve contested in a long time.” Grosjean said.
“I did everything I could to drive around the power unit issues, which really made things difficult when battling the other cars. It’s good for all the crew at the track and at Enstone to finally get a reward for all their hard work.”
“There are still a lot of areas where we can improve and certainly the car wasn’t as quick today as it was yesterday, with the different track conditions as well as the other issue.”
In a nice touch the Frenchman dedicated his race to his Mum in honour of Mothers’ Day.
“It’s Mothers’ Day in Switzerland so this one’s for my mum!"
Pastor Maldonado’s race got off to a messy start when he made contact with Marcus Ericsson on lap 5.
The stewards gave him a five second stop and go penalty and a penalty point for the offence.
The Venezuelan finished 15th and said the E22’s lack of top speed prevented him from finishing higher up the grid.
“We made a step forward in terms of pace with the car this weekend, it was much more competitive than 15th but the lack of top speed meant we weren’t able to attack even if we had a quicker car than others around us.” Maldonado said.
“Today’s result is a bit disappointing but my race had been already compromised by starting at the back the grid. At least we saw the chequered flag and collected more data for the team to keep on developing the car.”