• First Bahrain Test - Day Two

Grosjean concerned Lotus is falling behind

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Track time was limited for Romain Grosjean and Lotus on Thursday © Sutton Images

Romain Grosjean insists Lotus cannot afford another day of limiited time on track after another frustrating day of testing in Bahrain.

Grosjean was limited to just 18 laps as Lotus struggled to rectify problems in the E22, which was only officially launched on the opening day on Wednesday. Pastor Maldonado takes over from Grosjean for the final two days of this week's test, and the Frenchman believes any further hold ups in the garage will be cause for alarm.

"We didn't have many laps today, we didn't have that many issues but they just took a long time to solve," he said. "We thought everything would be ok, it's not a lot but every time it takes two and a half or three hours to change things so that's not ideal. A few of them we are not sure why but hopefully the car will be in a better shape for the final two days with Pastor. The list [of things to do] is getting quite big for two days running but we have to do it to catch up.

"We had one run of ten timed laps to give us a few ideas on the car and to make sure there is nothing falling apart, and there wasn't. One of the issues was on the side of the car, and then there was something with batteries as well. I honestly don't know much more."

Lotus was not at the Jerez test as the car was not ready in time, but as Renault-powered cars struggled throughout Grosjean is not convinced the team missed out significantly in its absence.

"It probably have helped us a bit but the car was not ready and that's it. We could have had problems, and could have solved them, we don't know. It's not like there were no Renault engines there. They didn't go very well so there's no guarantee we would have either."

Despite his limited running, Grosjean is coninvced he is getting a good feel for the new car.

"I am feeling more in the car. It's not a bad start but there is still a lot more we want to do. Driveability is not perfect, we need to understand the turbo a little bit more, the brakes act a bit differently to how you would expect. It's difficult to get everything together as we would like."

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