A change of strategy was the reason why Romain Grosjean finished so far behind his team mate in the Australian Grand Prix.
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said the team originally planned to run Grosjean on a two-stop strategy, which team mate Kimi Raikkonen used to win the race.
“We had decided on a two-stop strategy before the race, even for Romain,” said Boullier. “Unfortunately, when he got stuck in traffic he changed strategy otherwise we could have had a strong result from both cars.”
The Lotus drivers started together on row four but while Raikkonen gained three places in the first two laps Grosjean lost as many. Grosjean made his second pit stop on lap 19 while stuck behind Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, while Raikkonen took the lead of the race by delaying his second pit stop until lap 34.
Grosjean believed he had a fault on his car during the race: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós a shame as everything looked positive after qualifying in the morning, but in the race something felt wrong with my car.”
“I sat down with my engineers to analyse where the problem came from and we hopefully will be able to perform better in the future. The car felt so good at times over the weekend, but then at other times it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót where I wanted it to be.
“It meant that the race felt long and pretty difficult for me. We know that Albert Park can be a tricky circuit to understand and the weather certainly didn?óÔé¼Ôäót help us.
“It was very frustrating and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm disappointed for the team and for myself as I wanted to start the season with a strong result. But I?óÔé¼Ôäóll sit with the engineers and work out how best to improve for the race ahead, and we?óÔé¼Ôäóll work hard to achieve the maximum, as always. If the car is capable of being on the podium then I want to be there.”
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