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Grosjean: Lotus fighting to catch up

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Romain Grosjean finally got to grips with the E22 © Sutton Images

Romain Grosjean insists Lotus need to work hard to catch up with their rivals if they want to be in a position to challenge in Australia.

Lotus made its first public outing of the season in Bahrain after missing the Jerez test and completing a private filming day at the Spain circuit two weeks ago. The E22 followed the trend of several other Renault teams, with Grosjean only managing eight laps all day as Lotus struggled with a number of issues.

Grosjean was at a loss to explain what went wrong for Lotus but believes the team cannot afford to waste any more time in stuck in the garage in Bahrain.

"I enjoyed the time in the car even if it was short," Grosjean said. "I think there are so many things going on in the rear end of the car they don't get any of it but it is related to the engine and battery.

"I don't know why we haven't been able to carry everything over from the filming day. I think it's a temperature thing, we don't understand everything for now. There were small issues related to batteries too. It's undecided if it's a problem with Lotus or with Renault yet.

"I think it went a bit shorter than scheduled but sometimes that happens, it was only the first day. It felt good to be behind the wheel, winter was starting to get a bit long. Hopefully they will be fixed, it is important for us to get some mileage. There's nothing you can do except from working hard to solve issues, I have to wait and trust in the team.

"Everything depends on the car. I had a good finish to 2013 and much of that relates to the team and I trust Enstone to give us a good car again but there's a long way to go before Australia."

As Lotus have had a delayed start compared to many other teams on the grid, Grosjean admits he is determined to get all the team's gremlins out of the way before the season opener, even if that means leaving race practice until the team's arrival in Australia.

"It is important to get some mileage on the car, test the tyres, the breaks, trying to keep the car in one piece and getting everything we can sorted before the opener. I don't care about race set-up until free practice in Melbourne, at the moment we need to get these issues sorted out."

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