Grosjean eager to take positives out of ban
17 September 2012 – Romain Grosjean says the experience of being confined to his Lotus garage at Monza gave him a totally new perspective on Formula 1, with the Frenchman having to serve a one-race ban for causing the violent first corner crash at Spa-Francorchamps.
Having received support from team members and witnessed a race weekend unfold from the sidelines, the 26-year-old has now pin-pointed areas for improvement.
"The main thing about Monza was being in the garage and feeling the support from the team," he explained. "It was really nice and I think that’s something a driver needs. We’re a family here and it meant a lot to me.
"Apart from that, being on the pit wall with the engineers and looking at the data is always useful. You get another perspective on how the cars are performing, where the differences are, what can be improved and so on."
Looking ahead to Singapore, Grosjean says he is determined to find the 'synergy' he had with his Lotus machine prior to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
"I would say that since Hockenheim I haven’t really had the same connection with the car as I had previously," he said. "At the start of the season I felt very comfortable and by the time we got to Valencia the sensation I had in the car was amazing.
"Whether it’s the tyres, the setup or something in my driving style. I’m not 100% sure; we need to go through everything.
"The grids are so close this year that any tiny thing can mean the difference between being at the front and sitting in the midfield. I’m determined to find that synergy with the car again in Singapore and carry it through the rest of the season."
Heading to the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Grosjean trails team-mate Kimi Räikkönen by a total of 65 points, with the latter sitting third in the championship standings.