'I've not shown my full potential' – Grosjean
5 April 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is hopeful of demonstrating his full potential at the Chinese Grand Prix, admitting that the opening two races of the season have been frustrating amid a search to find the optimum balance with the E21 chassis.
Having been a step behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in terms of car upgrades in Australia and Malaysia, Grosjean will race with an identical package at the Shanghai International Circuit, leaving him optimistic of achieving a much stronger result.
"It’s been a little frustrating as I don’t think I’ve shown my full potential yet. The first two races were quite difficult for me and I would really like a weekend where I can show what myself and the team can do this season. We’ve got great potential, I just need to unlock it. Hopefully we’ll find the key in China.
Grosjean added that his main issue to date has been an inconsistent feeling with his car, something he has linked to the ‘very sensitive’ Pirelli tyre compounds.
"It’s been frustrating for me as sometimes the car gives me what I want and sometimes it doesn’t, even if the conditions and setup are very similar," the Frenchman added. "I’ve been working closely with my engineers and we made good progress over the last race weekend. The car and the latest tyres seem to be very sensitive to having the balance exactly right so that’s what we’re focusing on."
In 2012, Grosjean claimed his maiden points finish at Shanghai, coming home sixth.