Grosjean: Lotus is heading in the right direction

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Romain Grosjean is pleased with the developments that Lotus has made with his car ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The Frenchman has endured a difficult start to the season thanks to the E22 car, and his pace has been particularly limited by the reduced power of his Renault engine compared to the Mercedes and Ferrari power units. However, he is still pleased with the work that is being done to improve the car.

“If we look at the ending [position] of the car and the work we did since Monaco, we’re pretty happy with it,” Grosjean explained after practice in Canada. “The guys did react pretty well from what we’ve seen in Monte Carlo, and I actually enjoyed driving today around the track, even though it’s a tricky one and there were quite a few slides. I liked it.

“Generally I think it’s getting better and better. We did some good work with the suspension and I can feel when I jump the kerb, that’s getting better. The car is more alive, which I do appreciate, and at the end of the lap I was pretty pleased with the lap time. Nothing outstanding in terms of lap time but probably a little bit closer to Vergne.”

For qualifying later today, Grosjean has set his sights on squeezing into Q3, which would give him a chance to secure his third straight top ten finish in the race.

“Maybe we can hope about Q3, dream about it, that’s what I’m gonna try,” he said. “I’m positive about today because to me the car made a step forward.

“I know it’s not a race where we’re gonna be easily in the points. It’s not a type of track that we are good at, but then we go to Spielberg which I don’t know and Silverstone which should be much better.”

Qualifying takes place later today at 1pm ET. You can watch live on NBCSN, with coverage continuing until 2:30pm ET.

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.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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