2014 F1

F1 Monaco GP 2014 preview quotes: Lotus

Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saturday 29 March 2014. Romain Grosjean, Lotus E22 Renault. Photo: Charles Coates/Lotus F1 Team. ref: Digital Image _N7T7062
Romain Grosjean
2013 Qualifying – 13th, 2013 Race – DNF

“It’s an exciting and glamorous Grand Prix and always a step into the unknown, because it’s difficult to predict how well each car will work there. It’s a crazy week with all the focus and attention, but everyone loves Monaco. As a driver you have to stay calm and relaxed on a track that doesn’t allow for any mistakes. I’ve been super quick in the past, but also hit the walls! There will be less grip than in the past, so we will have to be careful with the right foot. The emphasis at Monaco is on low speed corners, which is not our greatest strength, but the team worked with Monaco in mind during the Barcelona test. We’ll do our best with set-up and of course Monaco is less engine dependent than most circuits, which is better for us. It was nice not only to score points in Barcelona, but also to be fifth on the grid in qualifying – if we can do that again in Monaco it’ll be very good for us…”

Pastor Maldonado
2013 Qualifying – 16th, 2013 Race – DNF

“I really love [Monaco]. I’ve been very quick in the past and I think it is one of the most special weekends of the year. The car has made a big step forward from where we were, [which] I think is a great boost for everyone at Enstone and of course as a driver it gives me more confidence in the car so I can aim to achieve better results. If you think about where we were and where we are now it is an incredible step forward – particularly when the other teams are moving forward with their development too. It’s a true testament to the team’s capabilities and I hope we can start to get the results on track that we so deserve.”

Federico Gastaldi, Lotus deputy team principal
“Monaco is so unique and distinct; you really have to be there to understand it. The track is such a challenge for the drivers and the engineers, and the barriers are so close to punish even the slightest mistake. I’m not a betting man and I have been to enough Monaco Grands Prix to know that anything can happen there… and it usually does. Of course the cars should be really spectacular there with the added torque this year and it will be easy for the drivers to make mistakes. This could bite us or it could help us because overtaking is so difficult. Our only targets are to continue the upward curve in performance and reliability and to ensure we are in the best position possible to score points. We want to get back to where we were in 2012 and 2013, which is challenging consistently at the front of the field.”

Nick Chester, Lotus technical director
“Monaco is a bit of a strange place – a one off – so it’s always dangerous to assume your car will be good there. But I think it will suit the E22 and we should go fairly well. We’ll also be bringing some specific parts aimed at giving us more downforce at what is the highest downforce track of the year. Other new parts will help tune the car for the bumpy and low speed track characteristics. The parts we’ve tested so far look good and we’ll also have a new fuel from Total which should further improve power and driveability. There will also be a small modification to the cooling system and there are other aerodynamic developments aimed at making the car more stable.”

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