Grosjean: My season starts now

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.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 28 May 2017

  2. Räikkönen: Strategy 'impossible' to work out 15:55

    Räikkönen: Strategy 'impossible' to work out

    Kimi Räikkönen says he is struggling to work out the timing of his pit-stop during the Monaco Grand Prix, after he came out in…

    F1
  3. Ricciardo thrilled by recovery to podium 15:37

    Ricciardo thrilled by recovery to podium

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo expressed delight at recovering to the podium positions at the Monaco Grand Prix, after extending…

    F1
  4. Vettel: Overcut on Räikkönen not planned 15:27

    Vettel: Overcut on Räikkönen not planned

    Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari's strategy to run him longer than team-mate Kimi Räikkönen was not planned, as he jumped his…

    F1
  5. 14:52

    In full: Monaco Grand Prix race result

    F1
  6. Vettel overhauls Räikkönen for Monaco win 14:51

    Vettel overhauls Räikkönen for Monaco win

    Sebastian Vettel exploited strategy to clear Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen during the sole pit-stops and claim victory in…

    F1
  7. 12:35

    Follow the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix live!

    F1
  8. 12:33

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday in Monaco

    F1
  9. Renault drivers to race in Star Wars suits 12:16

    Renault drivers to race in Star Wars suits

    Renault drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer will race with Star Wars-themed suits in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, to…

    F1
  10. 12:02

    Starting grid for the Monaco Grand Prix

    F1
  11. Pirelli says one-stop race 'clearly optimal' 11:12

    Pirelli says one-stop race 'clearly optimal'

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli says a one-stop approach to the Monaco Grand Prix is "clearly the optimal strategy", with its…

    F1
  12. Pérez: Focus needed after strong qualifying 10:16

    Pérez: Focus needed after strong qualifying

    Sergio Pérez says he is "not going to make any predictions" for the Monaco Grand Prix and insists he and Force India must stay…

    F1
  13. Button to start Monaco GP from pit lane 09:58

    Button to start Monaco GP from pit lane

    Jenson Button will start Sunday afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix from the pit lane, with McLaren-Honda opting to change the set-up…

    F1
  14. In photos: Formula 1's longest pole droughts 09:28

    In photos: Formula 1's longest pole droughts

    Kimi Räikkönen ended his almost nine-year pole drought by clocking the quickest time during qualifying for the Monaco Grand…

    F1
  15. Button: Formula 1 going in right direction 09:12

    Button: Formula 1 going in right direction

    Jenson Button has praised the direction Formula 1 has taken with 2017's technical regulations, describing the new, wider cars as…

    F1
  16. Verstappen looks to end Monaco 'curse' 09:02

    Verstappen looks to end Monaco 'curse'

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he hopes to break his Monaco "curse" on Sunday and believes a podium position is within…

    F1
  17. Preview: 101st Indianapolis 500 beckons... 08:52

    Preview: 101st Indianapolis 500 beckons...

    On Sunday, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500, will be staged, with most of the attention on double Formula…

    Indy
  18. Wolff: Race 'damage limitation' for Hamilton 08:32

    Wolff: Race 'damage limitation' for Hamilton

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons the Monaco Grand Prix will be a case of "damage limitation" for Lewis Hamilton, who is set to…

    F1
  19. Overview: Formula 1 qualifying battles 06:48

    Overview: Formula 1 qualifying battles

    As often highlighted: a Formula 1 driver's main reference point is their team-mate. Although race results and the final…

    F1
  20. Video of the Day: Monaco's banned poster 05:32

    Video of the Day: Monaco's banned poster

    At this year's Monaco Grand Prix, the infamous Martini Girl billboard will return, going from the road to the sky at Monaco…

    F1
  21. Saturday 27 May 2017

  22. 17:24

    Follow GPUpdate on Instagram in 2017!

    F1
  23. 17:22

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Monaco

    F1
  24. Sainz Jr. surprised by qualifying result 17:20

    Sainz Jr. surprised by qualifying result

    Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. has admitted that he did not expect to finish the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying hour as the…

    F1
  25. 17:04

    Revised starting grid for the Monaco GP

    F1
  26. Ocon feels FP3 shunt hurt prospects 16:57

    Ocon feels FP3 shunt hurt prospects

    Esteban Ocon believes his crash during the closing stages of third practice in Monaco hindered his prospects in qualifying, as…

    F1
  27. Button 'loving' stand-in F1 appearance 16:52

    Button 'loving' stand-in F1 appearance

    Jenson Button says he is "loving" his brief return to Formula 1 after he reached Q3 and qualified ninth for the Monaco Grand…

    F1
  28. Vandoorne upbeat despite Q2 crash 16:48

    Vandoorne upbeat despite Q2 crash

    Stoffel Vandoorne says he is upbeat over his and McLaren-Honda's progress, despite his qualifying session in Monaco coming to a…

    F1
  29. De Vries heads Rapax 1-2 for maiden F2 win 16:21

    De Vries heads Rapax 1-2 for maiden F2 win

    McLaren-backed Nyck de Vries claimed his first Formula 2 win, leading Rapax team-mate Johnny Cecotto Jr. for a 1-2 in the Monaco…

    F2
  30. Ricciardo critical of 'pretty obvious mistake' 15:49

    Ricciardo critical of 'pretty obvious mistake'

    Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull made a "pretty obvious mistake" regarding the timing of his final Q3 run, after he qualified in…

    F1
  31. Bottas: Ferrari has had 'upper hand' 15:16

    Bottas: Ferrari has had 'upper hand'

    Valtteri Bottas says Ferrari has simply had the "upper hand" on Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix so far, after the Scuderia…

    F1
  32. Hamilton: 'Weekend done' after Q2 exit 14:59

    Hamilton: 'Weekend done' after Q2 exit

    Lewis Hamilton believes his Monaco Grand Prix is "pretty much done" after he dropped out in the second phase of qualifying on…

    F1
  33. Vettel was 'a bit too greedy' in qualifying 14:45

    Vettel was 'a bit too greedy' in qualifying

    Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he was "a bit too greedy" during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix as he missed out on…

    F1
  34. Räikkönen: Pole no guarantee for race 14:38

    Räikkönen: Pole no guarantee for race

    Kimi Räikkönen insists that pole "doesn't guarantee anything", as he set the quickest time during qualifying for the Monaco…

    F1
  35. 14:08

    In full: Monaco GP qualifying results

    F1
  36. Räikkönen on pole, Hamilton out in Q2 14:05

    Räikkönen on pole, Hamilton out in Q2

    Kimi Räikkönen took his first pole position since 2008 with a stunning qualifying performance at the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead…

    F1
  37. 12:42

    Follow qualifying for the Monaco GP!

    F1
  38. Hayden's funeral to take place on Monday 12:26

    Hayden's funeral to take place on Monday

    Nicky Hayden's funeral will be held in his home town of Owensboro, Kentucky, on Monday, and will be streamed live on his…

    MotoGP
  39. 11:05

    Monaco Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  40. Vettel remains on top in final practice 11:03

    Vettel remains on top in final practice

    Sebastian Vettel remained at the top of the times during Saturday's final free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix…

    F1
  41. Button to be hit with 15-place grid penalty 10:03

    Button to be hit with 15-place grid penalty

    McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button will be handed a 15-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix after he was forced to take…

    F1
  42. 09:42

    Follow final practice for the Monaco GP!

    F1
more news