"Bloody engine!" Lotus Singapore Grand Prix Review

Singapore Grand Prix atmos

We assess how Lotus fared at the Singapore Grand Prix and rate the performances of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Lotus looked capable of snatching a point in Singapore, but ultimately they came home empty handed for an eighth successive race. Remember, 12 months ago Romain Grsojean was regularly fighting for race wins.

The Frenchman in particular did not enjoy a happy weekend in Singapore, with team-mate Pastor Maldonado beating him on Sunday night. Pastor came home 12th, four seconds shy of bagging his first points of 2014.

Lotus keep talking up their recovery, but on recent evidence their season is only getting worse.

Pastor Maldonado: Grid 18th. Finish 12th. Rating 7/10

Maldonado's weekend started badly with a practice crash that necessitated a switch to a new chassis. Qualifying was predictably poor, with the Venezuelan once again exiting in Q1 and lining up 18th on the grid. Of course, this is the same man who started on the front row in Singapore two years ago; you have to put a fair amount of blame on the car.

In the race he was reasonably impressive, climbing the order and even running inside the top-10 at one stage. He eventually came home 12th, behind the ailing Bottas and a burnt-out Magnussen. It's fair to suggest that a few more laps would have been enough for him to overhaul both and finally open his account for 2014.

Neverthless, he must take some solace from a tidy race in which he beat his team-mate. Unfortunately, there's not a lot else to get excited about these days.

Romain Grosjean: Grid 16th. Finish 13th. Rating 6/10

Grosjean has a long association with Renault engines, but he's not a huge fan of the French marque this season. In Singapore power issues restricted him to 16th in qualifying when the believed 13th to be possible; he subsequently vented his frustration over the team radio, then later to journalists.

“I cannot believe it! Bloody engine! Bloody engine!” he shouted after his qualifying lap was spoiled. "“Understood, Romain," his engineer replied, as if there was a great deal to understand in that message. 

His race was uninspiring, the Frenchman coming home 13th behind team-mate Maldonado. His future remains uncertain, with rumours that he wants a move up the grid circulating for some time now. However his options appear limited, meaning he must either accept his lot at Lotus or face a spell on the sidelines. A sad situation for a man who looked set for a great future 12 months ago.