Grosjean expects updates for Bahrain
Romain Grosjean is confident Lotus will arrive in Bahrain with updates to the E22 as it looks to build on its first race finish of the season.
Lotus is still a long way off returning to the competitive position it held in 2013 but Grosjean's 11th in Malaysia is the first time the team has completed a race distance this year. Lotus barely managed to get out of the garage in the two Bahrain tests over the winter but Grosjean insists the team's confidence in its ability to return to the front has not diminished.
"We were not very successful in the pre-season tests, but hopefully there will be some more updates and performance from our side," he said. "I'm sure everyone is going to work hard even though there are just a few days before Bahrain. The race finish at Sepang is a big encouragement. No matter what the challenge, we are aiming for podiums and strong performances wherever we go."
Grosjean is further encouraged by the fact he could have challenged for a points finish had his Lotus not experienced problems in the closing stages at Sepang.
"Finishing the race was our first objective and then we wanted to see where we were with our car. It's not perfect yet but it's good to be where we are at this stage. I had a big loss of downforce around eight laps from the end which made things difficult, especially when I had to defend. Without that issue, I'm sure we could have finished higher. It was a good battle with Kimi. I kept remembering our past battles to make sure he couldn't go through!"
Grosjean has two podiums from two appearances in Sakhir and he is confident Lotus will continue to prove the potential behind the E22 in Bahrain this weekend.
"I wouldn't say [Sakhir] has been exactly kind, but certainly we've been able to perform well there in the past. It's a track I knew from before Formula One and it has characteristics that I like in a circuit; some big braking into certain corners, some good change of direction with the double-left in the middle of the racetrack and it all flows quite nicely. With the E20 and E21 we were able to take advantage of the car's good balance and kindness to tyres. It's early to say how the E22 will perform, but we head there with a positive frame of mind."