Grosjean out to end pointless run
4 July 2013 – Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean will be gunning for points at the German Grand Prix this weekend as he looks to put an end to his recent woes.
The Frenchman hasn’t scored now since his third place finish in Bahrain at the end of April and freely concedes that the events in Spain, Monaco, Canada and Britain have all been rather frustrating.
Despite that, however, he believes Lotus does have a car capable of doing well and is optimistic about his prospects at the Nürburgring and in the following few races.
“We’ve got new parts on the car and we certainly have the pace for some strong results [over the next few grand’s prix]. The last few races have been frustrating for various reasons, so if we can get a few solid weekends we should be able to get some decent results and score good points,” Grosjean noted.
“This will be my first time racing at the ‘Ring in Formula 1, but I’ve raced at the track previously in F3 and the GP2 Series. Last time I raced there – 2011 in the GP2 Series – I scored a podium and a win so my most recent memories of the circuit are certainly good,” he continued.
“It’s quite a nice track with a quite a lot to it. There’s a really interesting mix of corners which means you have plenty to think about over the course of a lap; you’re certainly kept busy!
“The first section relies on mechanical grip and Turn 1 can be interesting at the start of the race if people go too deep into the corner. It can also be a good overtaking opportunity during the race too. After that there are some higher speed corners down to the hairpin – which is another good place you can overtake – then nice high speed stuff for the rest of the lap. You need a well-balanced car so I think we should go pretty well.”
As for the tyre situation, Grosjean has faith there won’t be a repeat of the dramas seen at the British Grand Prix last Sunday.
“Certainly, Silverstone was a very unusual situation and I know that myself and Kimi [Räikkönen – my team-mate] were being asked to stay off the kerbs as it was thought that using them on certain corners wasn’t helping the situation.
“No-one wants tyre failures and I know all the teams and the sport are working with Pirelli to put this right,” he noted.