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Romain Grosjean is hoping for a return to the front of the field in Japan, with the Frenchman unable to finish higher than seventh in Singapore. The Lotus driver will be making his second start since the one-race ban which saw hime sidelined in Italy, and he is eager to capitalise on his car's underlying potential.
"If we have a good base line set up then we can really enjoy the track," said Grosjean. "It’s an amazing circuit. I’ve only raced there once but I loved it so I’m really looking forward to going back. It’s difficult to pick one part of it as your favourite."
Grosjean is also wary of ironing out any issues with his car's setup next weekend, with the high-speed nature of Suzuka often punishing the underprepared.
"There are many challenges over the weekend," he went on to explain. "We have to get the setup working perfectly as Suzuka is so demanding and exposes any weakness in the car. You have to complete all the sessions without making any mistakes because the run-offs are small and it’s easy to damage the car if you run wide or get a corner wrong.
"You need to get on top of the tyres as Suzuka never stops in its demands on them. I think it is a place where you need just a little luck. I hope we have some of that in Japan and everything comes together."
Grosjean currently sits eighth in the Drivers' standings with a total of 82 points, 67 behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen who still has a realistic chance of title glory.
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