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Engine issue slowed Grosjean in Spain

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Romain Grosjean had a power unit issue during the Spanish Grand Prix that he said made it difficult to fight with his rivals during the race.

Grosjean finished eighth to score the first points of Lotus' season but said he could have put up a bigger fight from his fifth place grid position had he not had the issue.

"It's been a tough battle for us to get points this season and that was certainly one of the hardest races I've contested in a long time," Grosjean said. "I did everything I could to drive around the power unit issues, which really made things difficult when battling the other cars. It's good for all the crew at the track and at Enstone to finally get a reward for all their hard work. There are still a lot of areas where we can improve and certainly the car wasn't as quick today as it was yesterday, with the different track conditions as well as the other issue."

Simon Rebreyend, Renault Sport F1 track support leader, added: "It is very positive to score the first points of the season. It shows the rapid progress we have made as a team. Unfortunately Romain was not able to hold off the Ferraris as a calibration issue caused a loss of power from the first part of the race - we need to look at what we can do to correct this in future races. Pastor's race was always going to be hard but we made the best of a bad situation and at least we showed both cars have the pace to be in the top ten."

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