Grosjean: My season starts now
5 May 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean believes that he is now in a position to consistently challenge at the sharp-end of the grid as the Formula One fraternity heads into the first Grand Prix of the European season in Spain, and is looking to carry his promising Bahrain form into the coming races.
Although the Frenchman has scored points in every race so far this season, he has been comparatively outshone by the impressive results of teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Following his podium finish in Sakhir, Grosjean now reckons that he has come to terms with the balance of the E21 car and how it relates to the performance of the Pirelli's 2013 spec tyres.
“It’s no secret that before Bahrain my feeling hasn’t been right with the car,” the former GP2 champion explained. “It wasn’t the chassis, the aero or anything like that, but we took a while to get everything to my liking and that’s been frustrating. We managed to put our finger on the issue and I feel much more comfortable now.”
"We’ve had consistency already, finishing every race in the points, but now it’s the big results we’re chasing and getting the car as I want it has been a vital ingredient. Now I have the tools that I want at my disposal I can really push. In some ways you can say my season starts now! My podium in Bahrain was a very good start to that challenge. If we keep working the way we have been so far this season as a team I’m sure we can achieve great things.”
With Lotus having shown good pace throughout each weekend in 2013, Grosjean also highlighted the importance of improving on the team's disappointing qualifying performances if they are to continue to challenge for more victories.
“In Barcelona it will be important to qualify well as it will be much harder to overtake than in Bahrain,” he said. “As a team, this is an area where we can still improve a little bit, but we have some ideas of how to do that and hopefully we’ll be able to make the front row.”
After four races, Grosjean currently sits seventh in the Driver’s Championship on 26 points, 41 points behind teammate Raikkonen and 51 behind current leader and defending Champion Sebastian Vettel.