Gastaldi looking for Lotus to pick up points in Russia

Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean

Lotus head into the first Grand Prix since Romain Grosjean announced he will not be staying with the Enstone team after this year’s championship.

The Enstone outfit head to Russia for this weekend’s Grand Prix and deputy team boss Federico Gastaldi will be looking to build on a strong run by Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado in Japan.

It’s going to very emotional for me to leave the team

Romain Grosjean

Gastaldi said: “Points mean prizes so we’re always out there to score as many and as often as possible.

“In Suzuka we saw two strong drives from Romain and Pastor which really underline the hunger from everyone at Enstone. No matter what the circumstances, we’ll keep fighting for our dinner.”

On life after Grosjean next year, Gastaldi added: “Romain has been a real asset to us over the years so we’ll certainly miss him.

“We know we have Pastor confirmed for one seat. It hasn’t been the easiest of years but we keep showing that we’re capable of performing well when it matters.

“It would be nice for Romain to have a positive end to his Enstone career and it would be great for Pastor to have a strong run of results to bring his season to a close.”

Grosjean said: “It will be a new and very different challenge in 2016 but it’s going to be very emotional for me to leave the team that I’ve been part of for so long.”

Maldonado added: “Throughout your career you work with a variety of team-mates so you get used to working with different people. Ultimately, everyone is trying to make the car faster and perform as well as it can.”