Grosjean sets sights on podium finish
17 April 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean believes a podium finish is a realistic target for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Frenchman eager to bounce back from the setup issues that have plagued him in the opening three races of the season.
Although Grosjean has finished inside the top ten at every Grand Prix so far this year, he has been overshadowed by team-mate Kimi Räikkönen who sits 38 points ahead in the Drivers' standings. As the Formula 1 paddock arrives at the scene of his first ever podium finish, the 26-year-old is hopeful that more pace can be unlocked.
"The priority is to find that connection with the car," Grosjean explained ahead of the Grand Prix. "I want to be right up there fighting for podiums and showing the speed I showed last year. Hopefully we’ll get there soon, and I think Bahrain would be the ideal place to really start getting some good points or even a return to the podium. We’ve been quick there before, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again."
Grosjean admits that his setup problems with the E21 chassis have been "very frustrating" so far this year, but he is confident that the situation will improve.
"I would be lying if I said the car is exactly where I want it and we are having quite an adventure to get the setup and feeling from the car how we want it," Grosjean said of his early season struggles. "This is very frustrating for a driver, as you want your car to be obedient – to do what you want it to do – and to do it in a consistent manner.
"Certainly, we’re not the only team who are having a difficult time early in the season, but it’s something we really want to get on top of as quickly as possible. I’m spending a lot of time with my engineers and we’re all working hard to make improvements."