• Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Grosjean defends decision not to run DDRS

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Lotus stuck with its normal rear wing layout having been unable to test the DDRS device at Spa © Sutton Images
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Romain Grosjean has defended Lotus' decision not to run its double DRS device in qualifying and the race this weekend.

With the new device expected to be effective around Spa, a lack of dry running on Friday caused Lotus to opt against running the device on either car for the rest of the weekend. Grosjean struggled to eighth place on the grid in qualifying but defended the decision, saying there were still too many question marks.

"We hadn't had a lot of running with it," Grosjean said. "If yesterday we could have used it - maybe even on the inters - then maybe we would have raced it on one car, but I think today was the best choice to not go with it and we need to score points for the constructors' championship."

Grosjean admitted his own qualifying performance was hampered by Friday's washout, but thinks he can still make progress through the field in the race.

"It was difficult with the lack of running, especially when you're a rookie - Spa is a very, very difficult track. It's not missing a lot in the end, the gap between cars is very small but we have been struggling to get the car as we wanted. The limit is hard to find and this is why it's not easy to get to the faster lap times."

"Fernando from 11th in Valencia won the race and overtaking should be pretty simple in a way. There are drivers (ahead) which have cars maybe less good than ours in the race. Nobody really knows too much about the strategy to be honest, it's difficult to take the best one for tomorrow and to choose which tyre to use and how the degradation will be and so on. So then there is as well a few ideas for that, hopefully our car is very good on heavy fuel and we can go for a good result."