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Lotus F1 gas claimed that star driver Romain Grosjean remains very much a part of their plans for the future, despite the fact that they failed to announce his name for the 2015 season while confirming that Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain with the team.
The Frenchman scored six podium finishes for the team last season and was a revelation alongside Kimi Raikkonen but the new car this season has been very disappointing and has led to the team struggling on the grid with Grosjean himself scoring just eight points and this has led to immense speculation that he might be lured by some of the major players on the grid and that is something the team is keen to aboid.
Federico Gastaldi, the team principal of Lotus F1 stated that Grosjean has been a part of the Lotus family for a very long time, since his days as a driver in the GP2 series. He went on to add that Grosjean is a top driver and he is not happy with how this season has turned out and that is the same feeling echoed by everyone else associated with the team.
He went on to add that although he cannot announce anything right now, it will be done once both parties are comfortable with the timing of it but he did mention that it is the team’s intention to have him around for a long time and continue what has already been a great relationship.
He also spoke about the renewal of Maldonado’s contract, terming it as a renewal of vows after what has been a very difficult honeymoon period for them. Gastaldi added that the driver is very much a part of their plans for the future and he is happy that he has committed himself to the cause as well.
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Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has insisted on good aerodynamic progression by his Formula 1 team in the recent races. The progression is believed to have rendered a fantastic start for the squad in the 2nd half of this season.
Mattiacci is the new team principal for the esteemed Formula 1 team since April 2014, replacing Domenicali. However, the new change of power hasn’t sparked any sort of drastic turnover in regards to fortunes in Maranello. The team is still to emulate its very podium finish since his initial weekend as the principal at Sino Grand Prix. According to sources, Fernando Alonso has openly complained about Ferrari’s aerodynamics after his Silverstone stint and has even noted that it’s the aerodynamic issues which hindered him from overtaking World Champ Vettel in the race for 5th. However, Ferrari’s new team principal is continuosly stressing on adequate aerodynamic progression.
“I need to say that we have come up with a great deal of aerodynamic progress in the previous races that led that led to a serious positive result on track- hence we consider it as a great starting point in comparison to the events in the past”, remarked Mattiacci while stressing on the aerodynamic enhancement in the current Ferrari cars.
“I feel it takes little time. There’re issues that actually have been pretty persistent on our car for sometime and we are striving our best to improve whatever possible soon. Fernando is pretty well aware of it.”
Post the Brit Grand Prix, Ferrari’s new Team Principal assured that he had been looking forward to build up a different squad for 2015 yet he doesn’t feel that there’s necessarily some quick-fix on some lingering problems Ferrari has experienced this season.
“On the operational side, I don’t feel we can come up with immediate improvements for the car”, he added in.
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