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Lotus faces struggles at F1 Australian GP

From heroes to zeroes: Lotus faces major struggle at F1 season opener in Australia

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France signs a fan's race program ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australi...

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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France signs a fan's race program ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australi...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Lotus won last year's Australian Grand Prix, but a litany of problems in preseason testing means the team is wondering if it will even be able to take part in the Formula One season opener this weekend.

Driver Romain Grosjean frankly admitted on Thursday that the team had experienced "a disastrous winter" in trying to integrate the new Renault V6 hybrid turbo engine into its cars and barely got a chance to work on other key areas like aerodynamics and tire management.

Grosjean said Thursday "it's just a little bit of a strange situation, because we don't really know what the car is," which "adds a little bit of pressure because we have to learn all this on the race weekend."


Updated : 2021-06-21 05:14 GMT+08:00