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How Lotus Recovered from Testing Nightmare to Score First Championship Points

Romain Grosjean finished eighth at the 2014 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix to give Lotus their first four points of the season. At this point last year, they had 111. It's a remarkable fall from grace for the Enstone team, but one which was not entirely unexpected. The loss of lead driver Kimi Raikkonen (who had 85 of those 111 points) was always going to be costly, as were other key departures including technical director James Allison (May 2013), head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer (September 2013) and team principal Eric Boullier (January 2014). Talk about the team's financial stability refused to go away throughout the winter months, and when they announced they were missing the first pre-season test because the car would not be ready, th...

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