Romain Grosjean says Lotus need more testing time to get on top of the problems they are having with the E22.
“Every time we go testing we seem to have problems and this situation hasn’t helped us,” said Grosjean, who had to cut his day of testing short after suffering power unit problems this week.
“Luckily in the races it’s been better and we have gained knowledge from a performance point of view. But I do wish we had more testing as we’re currently playing catch-up.
“When you’re struggling a bit, all this new technology means it’s hard to get the reliability. We haven’t been very lucky with testing so far.”
Grosjean said the team didn’t get anywhere near completing its work plan for the two-day Bahrain test.
“Unfortunately we struggled with the power unit and couldn’t manage many laps. We did some aero work but compared to the programme we had planned it was far too little.
“We want to work but if the car won’t run cleanly there is not much we can do. We have to keep pushing and be motivated to learn what we can, when we can.”
Lotus are bringing several aerodynamic updates for the car this weekend. “We have lots of parts for the car which should make it faster, but we need reliability to be able to test these,” said Grosjean.
“So far, when we’ve finished it’s been just outside the points. If we can get a little bit more performance and reliability, we’ll be finishing in the points.
“We can build a strong season from this point on and everyone is concentrating on this goal.”
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