Romain Grosjean felt disappointed to have only qualified in tenth position for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix despite reaching Q3 for the fourth time in as many races.
Coming off the back of a disastrous 2014 campaign with Lotus, Grosjean has made an improved start to this season, scoring his first points of the year in China.
Although he was proud of the performance by the team during qualifying on Saturday in Bahrain, the Frenchman could not help but feel that he could have finished higher up than P10.
“I”m really proud of the team and what they achieved between FP3 and qualifying today,” Grosjean said. “From our runs so far this weekend, I was expecting to go out earlier, so to achieve Q3 for the fourth time in a row feels very good.
“I’m actually slightly disappointed, I think we could have placed higher but we were lacking a little bit of grip.
“Tomorrow is all about the rear tires – as opposed to China, where it was all about the fronts. We’ll be careful, prepare a car that’s well balanced and then we’ll see what it brings.”
In the sister Lotus, Pastor Maldonado was less fortunate as he dropped out in Q1 due to a problem with the front brakes on his car.
“We had a problem unfortunately and weren’t able to get the maximum pace from the car, meaning that it felt like we were lacking in power,” Maldonado said.
“It’s not the end of the world as we should be able to fix the problem so we can focus on recovering positions through the race.
“We have enough tires to do a different strategy and have showed good potential on both long and short runs throughout the weekend. The pace is there and points are definitely possible so let’s do our best as always.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday.