Grosjean optimistic after opening day
25 October 2013 – Romain Grosjean was in a positive frame of mind after the first day of practice for the Indian Grand Prix, with the Lotus driver emerging as Red Bull's leading challenger.
The Frenchman, who has claimed podiums at the past two races, wound up third on the timesheets and, despite an overall deficit of 0.498 seconds, is hopeful of making enough progress overnight to take the fight to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
"That was a good start to the weekend," Grosjean told reporters on Friday afternoon. "The car feels good and we made progress through the day to make it better. It's still a struggle to find grip here which can make things interesting as you find the limits, but the pace of our car relative to our rivals looks quite good.
"I'm hopeful of another solid day tomorrow which should give us another strong qualifying position if the evidence of today is anything to go by. We'll do everything we can to take the fight to Red Bull."
Kimi Räikkönen, who has just four races remaining at Lotus, finished eighth fastest.