Lotus F1 Team moved into fifth position in the FIA Formula 1
Constructors’ Championship after a strong Canadian Grand Prix
where Pastor Maldonado finished seventh and Romain Grosjean
tenth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Romain had been running
in seventh before contact passing a backmarker meant an
additional pit stop and time penalty. Pastor’s seventh position
represents his first points of the year.
• Romain started from
P5 on the grid on his qualifying super soft compound tyres,
changing to new soft tyres on laps 27 and 49. A five-second time
penalty was added to his race time, but it did not affect his
• Pastor started from P6 on the grid on his qualifying super
soft tyres, changing to new soft tyres on lap 17.
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 E23, 2015 Canadian
Grand Prix (Image: Lotus F1 Team)
Romain Grosjean, P10, E23-04
“It was good for the team to get both cars in the points.
Unfortunately, that car didn’t feel as strong as it did in
qualifying but I was able to push nevertheless. It can be
difficult with traffic here and I was held up a few times even
when there were blue flags. I thought I was past the Manor, but
it was soon clear that I wasn’t. It was my fault entirely and I
apologise for it. You never stop learning as a driver.”
Pastor Maldonado, P7, E23-03
“Finally, here we are in the points! I think now we’ve started
scoring there’s potential for this to be a great season for us
as we have really good pace. It was a good race. We had to pit
quite early to gain the place against Nico Hulkenberg which made
the later part of the race quite tricky and I couldn’t defend
later on as a consequence. I’m pleased for the team that we got
both cars in the points; let’s continue like this."
Federico Gastaldi, Deputy Team Principal
"It was a happy day for us. Pastor scored his first points of
the season after driving a strong and measured race and Romain
was in the points too even if it was in a more eventful manner.
For Pastor this should be a turning point for his season and
with thank all his supporters in Venezuela and PDVSA for their
faith in us. Both cars scoring points is always our target and
we want more of the same for the rest of the year.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director
"That was pretty good. Pastor drove strongly and consistently
with a long second stint for seventh place. Romain should have
finished further up were it not for the rub with the Manor but
the weekend overall has been positive. We ran well in qualifying
and if anything lost a little bit of pace in the race, which is
something we’ll be studying ahead of our visit to Austria. All
things considered, we have a good platform for the races ahead.