Pastor Maldonado and
Romain Grosjean both brought their cars home in today’s Italian Grand
Prix. The Lotus F1 Team drivers fought hard throughout the 53 laps race
and took the chequered flag in fourteenth place for Pastor and sixteenth
“I made a good start and a strong first lap which gave me a better
position than on the grid as I was able to get past the Saubers,” said
Pastor. “From then on Pastor was able to drive a solid race albeit he
wasn’t able to progress further up the grid.
“I tried to attack the Toro Rosso ahead of me, but their configuration
for the straights was too much to overcome. This meant we were running
at a consistent pace without any fear from the cars behind, but equally
without pace in the right place to attack the cars ahead.”
Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane explained that although
today’s result isn’t were the team want to be there were still positives
“Both cars were reliable. We’ve taken another small step in
understanding the car this weekend which helps us for the next races,”
Unfortunately Romain lost some ground at the start of the race and to
add to his woes he lost part of his sidepod and experienced some
downshift issues later in the race.
The Frenchman is already looking forward to the next leg of the season,
with the next race taking F1 to Singapore.
“I don’t think the tracks we will visit next will be as challenging for
us as this one has been,” he concluded.