Grosjean: Lotus staying upbeat

Romain Grosjean is adamant Lotus' current crisis is not causing any rifts within the team, although it is giving him the occasional headache.

Grosjean and Lotus suffered another day of woe in practice ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, and at present there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

In the season-opening race in Australiax - an event Lotus won last year - Grosjean and new team-mate Pastor Maldonado started at the back of the grid such were the Enstone-based team's problems.

The fact Grosjean and Maldonado completed 43 and 29 laps respectively in the race before encountering failures with the energy recovery system was seen as something as a minor triumph.

But at the Sepang International Circuit the gremlins struck again as Grosjean suffered a gearbox problem, whilst Maldonado's car required an engine change that led to him completing just two installation laps across the two sessions.

Given the fact Lotus lost key personnel last year and have also been previously plagued by numerous financial issues, Grosjean maintains the team remains harmonious.

"It's good to see everyone is staying together and the team spirit is stronger than ever," said Grosjean.

"We're in the same boat and all trying to pull in the same direction.

"When it goes wrong that's not always the case, but in heading to the factory you can see everybody is trying to work as hard as they can.

"I believe if we can put two and two together we are not that far off the Red Bull, but it's about putting that two and two together.

"If we do that it means we are close to a very good level, but we obviously still have some work to do.

"We just have to be patient and take things step by step when things don't go right, or push on with the essential stuff where we can push."

Technical director Nick Chester has suggested it will not be until the Spanish Grand Prix in early May that Lotus can hope to resolve their issues and be back fighting towards the front.

Grosjean insists he has the patience to wait, although the Frenchman concedes to almost losing the plot in Melbourne.

"Being angry and furious would be the worst thing I could do," said Grosjean.

"I admit I was shaking my head a lot in Australia, so much so I had a migraine afterwards, I had to take pills things were so bad.

"On the Saturday morning, with it getting close to qualifying and you want to perform, things just weren't working.

"I was constantly going in and out (of the garage) and I was like 'Come on, let's get this fixed'. I eventually calmed down.

"Yes, we've had more problems, but right now everyone believes we can come back and fight for points and gradually improve, and hopefully get back on the podium.

"Hopefully we'll get things right."