MOTORSPORT: It's a mixed weekend for luckless Grosjean

Witney Gazette: Romain Grosjean signs autographs before the Chinese Grand Prix where he was forced to retire early Romain Grosjean signs autographs before the Chinese Grand Prix where he was forced to retire early

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was left with mixed feelings following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

Ahead of the race, Grosjean confirmed he has finally been paid by the Enstone-based Lotus team.

While former teammate Kimi Raikkonen announced last year he was owed money by Lotus, Grosjean kept his counsel.

But the Frenchman has now revealed he was in the same boat as Raikkonen, who has since moved on to Ferrari.

However, on Sunday, he suffered more misery as he was forced to retire on the 28th lap with gearbox trouble.

Grosjean made the team’s first top-ten start of 2014 and was fighting for points before his early exit.

Teammate Pastor Mald-onado finished in 14th to leave the team still without a point this season after the opening four races.

The Venezuelan started from back of the grid due to engine-related issues forcing him to miss qualifying.

“We started by losing fourth gear, but it got worse and essentially we lost all gears,” said Grosjean.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a problem like this, so we’ll have to understand what happened.

“It had been quite nice in the race as we’d been fighting for ninth position so we were in the points, which is a good improvement.

“We didn’t make it to the end of the race, but let’s hope we finish in the points in Barcelona (May 9-11).”

Maldonado added: “It will be nice to have a race weekend without any problems.”

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