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Mixed bag for Lotus in Monaco

Grosjean finished eighth after Bianchi's 5 second penalty.
Sunday, May 25, 2014

 

25th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - A mixed bag for Lotus in Monaco where Romain Grosjean finished eighth while Pastor Maldonado was unable to get off the line.
 
Grosjean had a tough start to the race after being hit from behind by Adrian Sutil on the opening lap.
 
This forced him into the pits and meant he spent the first half of the race at the back of the grid. The Frenchman worked his way up the grid and crossed the line ninth, but Jules Bianchi's 5 second penalty meant he actually finished eighth.
 
“It’s good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it’s good to get some points too.” Grosjean said.
 
“It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me. We swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs.”
 
“The safety car timing didn’t help us as we’d just gone out on the new tyres, but that’s Monaco. You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end!"
 
Teammate Maldonado was unable to start the race due with a fuel supply issue.
 
Pastor’s car didn’t make it to the start of the race because of what looks like a fuel pump problem.” Trackside Operations Director, Alan Permane said.
 
Maldonado was disappointed to have missed out on the race but said the team would focus on moving forward.
 
“It is disappointing and I was expecting a solid race, we had a good strategy in place, I love this circuit where I have been competitive in the past.” Maldonado said.
 
“We have already worked hard on performance and reliability but today it was not to be. This afternoon we’re not happy but we are keeping focused on improving."

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