Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014

Grosjean still learning how to handle new systems

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014Romain Grosjean says he is still getting to grips with the complex new systems involved in driving the new generation of F1 cars.

With brake-by-wire, complicated new energy recovery systems and other settings associated with the new engines, the drivers are busier than ever at the wheel of this year’s cars.

“It’s a little bit challenging at the moment to be honest,” Grosjean admitted ahead of the first race of the season. “We’re changing settings sometimes four or five times a lap which is a little bit too much.”

“However, it was the same first time out with KERS back in 2009 (at Monza). It was a disaster – I remember we had to change the maps around five times in at least five corners.

“It’s just part of adapting to the new technology; it’s hard to get everything working together immediately. But it makes it more rewarding when we do get everything working as we want.”

Grosjean has set his sights low for the start of the season as Lotus only completed minimal running in pre-season testing.

“The aim is to finish the race and maybe score points,” he said.

“We’re not yet in the place we want to be competitively, but we will be there to compete and you never know what could happen with everyone else too. I don’t think any team can say that they are where they want to be heading to the start of the season.

“Yes, we’re not in a nice situation but it doesn’t mean that it’s game over. We’ll try to score as many points at every opportunity during the season.”

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