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26 July 2015
Seven and the Ragged Tiger - 2015 Hungarian GP, Sunday
|Lotus F1 Team experienced an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix with
Romain Grosjean fighting back to finish seventh and Pastor Maldonado
finishing fourteenth. Both drivers had tardy starts but were able to
work back through the order in a race which saw one safety car period as
well as numerous incidents and penalties through the field. Both drivers
were included in the penalty list, with Romain awarded five seconds
stationary in the pit lane and Pastor having two drive-through penalties
and a ten second addition to his race time.
Romain started from P10 on the grid on his qualifying soft tyres, changing to new softs on lap 14, new mediums on lap 34 and scrubbed softs on lap 42. He served a five-second stop and go on his second stop for an unsafe release from his first.
Pastor started from P14 on the grid on new medium tyres. He changed to new soft tyres on laps 25 and 41. He completed pit lane drive through penalties on laps 24 and 58. Ten seconds were added to his race time.
Romain Grosjean, P7, E23-04
“I think today was an incredible race; it was an incredible weekend. Being in the top ten in qualifying yesterday was a miracle and today was actually beautiful; we really pushed hard and it was good, we deserved some points. I had a terrible start, lost a lot of spaces and I was pushed into the gravel by Carlos Sainz on the first lap. Then I came back on track and couldn’t pass the McLaren. Then there was a penalty for an unsafe release and then the safety car. But we got the strategy right and, after all that, we ended up in P7 fighting with the Mercedes.”
Pastor Maldonado, P14, E23-03
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