Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean were both forced to retire from today’s Belgian Grand Prix. Pastor was ordered to make an early retirement as a result of suspected exhaust failure, whilst Romain’s race was comprised due to damage on track.
Though it wasn’t result the Lotus F1 Team was hoping for, Romain’s E22 had a strong race at Spa, delivering impressive pace on the medium compound tyres despite the loss of downforce.
“The car was pretty good; the pace was much better than expected, which is encouraging. Unfortunately the race was compromised early on,” said Romain.
First lap damage to Romain’s car forced a pit stop for a new front wing and new medium compound tyres, though it was damaged following his final pit-stop that caused the retirement.
“Unfortunately, he picked up some damage after his final pit stop which made his car a real handful for him – he radioed in that the car was dangerous, so the only sensible thing to do was retire,” Trackside Operations Director, Alan Permane explained.
Pastor displayed a positive outlook on the day as reflected of what could have been at Spa.
“We were expecting a tough weekend – both here and Monza are challenging tracks for us – although the car seemed competitive and consistent today.
“It might have been possible to fight with Sauber and Force India during the race.”
Looking on the brighter side of life, Romain is optimistic for the following races.
“We’re moving forward every weekend and learning a lot, though Monza is likely to be challenging too. Singapore should suit us a lot better.”
It was always going to be a tough race at Spa-Francorchamps, but in true Enstone style, the team are undeterred by today’s result.
“We will regroup between now and Monza of course, and do everything we can to improve further. We’ll also keep looking for that pot of good luck,” surmised Deputy Team Principle, Federico Gastaldi.
Onward to Italy.