Grosjean has faith in Lotus revival after poor start

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Romain Grosjean has once again affirmed his faith in the entire Lotus team despite a disastrous start to the season that has seen the one-time front-runners fail to score any points in the opening two rounds of the 2014 F1 season.

After a series of financial crises last year, the team finally found some stability by securing finance from Pastor Maldonado’s backers, PDVSA, and downsizing the workforce at Enstone by 20%.

However, the E22 car was not ready for the first test in Jerez, and Lotus has been on the back foot ever since. A double retirement in Australia came as little surprise, but Grosjean rallied to finish 11th in Malaysia, and the Frenchman was pleased with this result after such a tough start to the year.

“I won’t say exactly everything I could say inside my helmet sometimes,” Grosjean joked. “I think it was good for all the guys that we could finish the Malaysian Grand Prix. Of course it was not the way you would like to see when you start a Grand Prix but at the moment that’s where we are plus we were not that far from the points.”

Grosjean refused to give any kind of time scale for when the team will be back up in the points and fighting for race wins as per 2013, but he has total faith in the team at Enstone.

“I don’t know, to be honest,” he said when asked how long it would take for the team to bounce back. “I know that we still have in our genes the winning spirit and we can still fight back.

“Of course, when you start the season with everything in the right direction it’s easier to move forward but at the moment we’ve had some issues, we’ve solved most of them, hopefully no more coming, then we can go from there.

“Renault is well aware that the power unit needs to improve a little bit compared to certain other manufacturers, but I think it’s going to be good and we can work on our car.”

Grosjean has finished on the podium in the last two Bahrain Grands Prix, but he will be hard-pressed to emulate this result on Sunday. You can watch the race live on NBCSN from 10:30am ET on Sunday.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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