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Romain Grosjean says he feels 'much more comfortable' ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, with the Lotus driver eager to put a turbulent return to the sport well and truly behind him. Following a catalogue of first-lap crashes in 2012, the Frenchman is confident that consistency and maturity can be added to his raw pace.
"I have much more experience than I did heading into last year and I’m looking forward to the whole season." said Grosjean. "I feel much more comfortable as I approach the 2013 season. Last year there were some highs and some lows, so the idea now is to keep up the performance that I’m able to show and bring some consistency which needs to be there every time."
Having been outshone by his more experienced team-mate Kimi Räikkönen last year, Grosjean finished a lowly eighth in the Drivers’ Championship. However, flashes of true speed led him to podium results in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, and he is confident that his increased knowledge of the calendar will enable him to challenge for more in the coming season.
"I think consecutive seasons in any category is good from two points of view," said Grosjean. "The first is with the driving itself; you’re restarting a season so you know the circuits, you know the cars, how a race weekend works and what you should and shouldn’t do. Then, there is the continuity with the team, which is another point and one that’s quite important."
When pressed on his predictions for the opening race of the season at Albert Park, Grosjean was less certain about the prospects of the new Lotus E21 chassis.
"I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot, but I have no answer until we get to qualifying in Melbourne," he added. "We always want to be at the front; that’s the aim, and we’ll do the best that the car can do. As long as I perform to my best then I will be happy."
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