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6 July 2015

Lotus F1 Team: Bongo Fury - 2015 British GP, Sunday

Lotus F1 Teamís hopes for the British Grand Prix evaporated before the completion of the first lap after an incident instigated retirement for both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Contact between Daniel Riccardoís Red Bull and Romainís E23 led to contact with and damage to Pastorís car; Romain retired almost immediately whereas Pastor was able to complete more of his lap before being told to park and retire.

Romain started from P12 on the grid on fresh medium compound tyres.
Pastor started from P14 on the grid on new medium compound tyres.

Romain Grosjean, DNF, E23-04
ďThat was a very short race for the team and I feel for everyone here at Silverstone and at Enstone. Daniel must have thought his brakes and tyres would be able to slow him better than they did and the result was the end of both my and Pastorís race. No-one likes to end a Grand Prix like that as so much effort goes into making and preparing the cars. I know we have many fans who want to see us race so I feel for them too. Budapest is next, and weíve gone well there in the past. Iím pumped-up to fight for every single point available.Ē

Pastor Maldonado, DNF, E23-03
ďAt first I thought I had a puncture and would be able to return to the pits and re-join the race but unfortunately the damage to the car was more serious than that and I had to retire. There is nothing you can do in situations like these as itís all part of racing. Now my focus is on the next race where weíll be trying our very best as always."

Maldonado on the grid

Federico Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal
"Motorsport is sometimes a cruel sport and we saw that today. There was nothing either of our drivers could have done to avoid the first lap incident and that was our race over. Itís been a frustrating home weekend for us. We werenít able to show the pace we have in the car, weíve suffered from a few niggles, then it was a very early bath for both our guys. Our focus is now very much on Budapest and doing everything we can to ensure we perform at the best of our ability there.Ē

Nick Chester, Technical Director
"Both Romain and Pastor were the victims of over-exuberance at the start of the race meaning that both returned to the garage for a very short debrief after only a lap on track. Itís now a rapid return to Enstone to put everything we can into preparing the cars for Hungary and our next opportunity for a points haul."

Image: Copyright Lotus F1 Team