Grosjean: I want to beat Kimi next time!
9 October 2013 – Romain Grosjean has said he is hoping for more podium battles with Lotus team-mate Kimi Räikkönen during the remainder of the season - although next time he will be pushing to be the one ahead.
Grosjean took his third rostrum of the year in Yeongam on Sunday, but reiterated in the build-up to the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, the 15th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, that it was his own fault that Räikkönen got ahead and he didn’t finish in the runners-up spot.
“I made a mistake in Korea which is why he [Kimi] got past, but this is not something I want to happen again,” Grosjean said. “The team’s philosophy is always to let us race unless we’re on very different strategies where one driver could hold up the other, and this is the right approach.
“Let’s hope we have some more battles for podium places now - and I’ll be pushing to be the one ahead.”
Looking specifically to Suzuka, Grosjean added that it is a great track to race at: “I know I won’t be the first one to say this, but Suzuka is definitely my favourite circuit of the year. Every driver has races that are special to them for one reason or another – a home Grand Prix, or the venue for their first win maybe – but I think if you ask most racers they will tell you there’s just something about this place that’s a little bit different.
“This will be only my third time driving the track, but I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the flag dropped in Korea; it’s simply fantastic.
“It’s a track that really allows a driver to demonstrate their feel for the car. Not only is combination of corners pretty relentless – so you never really get a rest – but the way the layout flows together means that the smallest mistake can make a big difference to your time. Get it right, and the feeling is amazing. Get it wrong, and you just want to keep trying again and again until you have it nailed. Each sequence is challenging in its own way, and you have to find the perfect balance to put a good lap together. Every track has its challenges, but Suzuka is a continuous test of a drivers skills and I think that’s what makes it so beautiful to drive.”