Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: Lotus F1 Team

Photo Credit: Andrew Hone Photographer/ Pirelli Photo Service

Lotus F1 Team

Team Score: D+

Romain Grosjean: C-
Pastor Maldonado: D

The greatest positive attention the Lotus F1 Team has garnered in 2014 took place when their race car wore the 18-inch new concept tires for Pirelli. Losing 2013 driver and former Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari, the Lotus F1 Team showed promise with Romain Grosjean through the final races last season with four podium results in six races. Unfortunately, the E22 chassis combined with a Renault Energy F1 powerplant has resulted in a dismal first points of the 2014 season for what was a team to watch. Scoring just eight constructors' points through the first 10 races, there has been no signs of improvement to the Lotus F1 Team.
The 2014 driver line-up for the Lotus F1 Team assembled two talented drivers with a history of condemnation for making erratic moves on track. Ridding himself of a past that involved a one-race suspension in 2012, Frenchman Romain Grosjean's improved driving is being supplied to an unworthy race vehicle. Grosjean scored the team's only point finishes for 2014 with a pair of eighth-place results in the Spanish Grand Prix and on the streets of Monaco. Jumping from Williams to Lotus for this season, Venezuelan Formula 1 race winner Pastor Maldonado has been unable to find speed from his number 13 Lotus-Renault. Unable to score championship points, Maldonado has accumulated four dubious points against his Formula 1 super license as a result of on-track incidents in 2014.
Ingredients for Second-Half of 2014: In Formula 1, there is nothing more disappointing to see than a team that goes from hero to zero in a matter of a year. The Lotus F1 Team's car is just plain slow. Judging through resources and recent history, the team should be capable of reworking their race package to perform better on track but has yet to even show an indication they are moving forward.

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