Team Lotus is probably in the worst of scenarios right now. It’s future is still hung on a possible Renault deal and they still have pending law suits over them. Their cars arrived in Italy on Wednesday only and the mechanics and the staff worked day and night to ensure that the car was ready by Friday.
They showed good pace during the pre-race sessions, and even had a tremendous qualifying, with Romain Grosjean 9th and Pastor Maldonado 11th. All the hard work of the administration to get their cars clear to race and of the mechanics to get them ready were in vain, as before the end of the third lap, both cars were out of the race!
While Romain Grosjean had some mechanical issues with the car, Pastor got unlucky after getting clipped by a McLaren, jumping over a kerb and retiring in the race. The result is even more disappointing after they managed to secure a podium last race, and showing good pace throughout the weekend.