Grosjean hoping for more performance
2 April 2014 – Romain Grosjean has said the Lotus F1 team will go to Bahrain this week in a ‘positive frame of mind’.
The Frenchman reached the chequered flag for the first time in 2014 in Sepang and gave the troublesome E22 its first finish, a ‘big encouragement’ for the men from Enstone after a dismal start to the new campaign.
“Bahrain is a good track and I’m happy to go back there. I’m especially looking forward to the first night race at a circuit I like. Twice I’ve raced there in Formula 1 and twice I’ve been on the podium. So that’s a good record!" Grosjean stated.
"We were not very successful in the pre-season tests, but hopefully there will be some more updates and performance from our side. I’m sure everyone is going to work hard even though there are just a few days before Bahrain. The race finish at Sepang is a big encouragement. No matter what the challenge, we are aiming for podiums and strong performances wherever we go."
“With the E20 and E21 [in previous years] we were able to take advantage of the car’s good balance and kindness to tyres [at Sakhir]. It’s early to say how the E22 will perform, but we head there with a positive frame of mind,” he added.
Quizzed on the importance of that finish in Malaysia, Grosjean added it was ‘essential’ to get mileage: “To make major progress we need more days like Saturday and Sunday in Malaysia, where we learned a lot about the car.
“There are some encouraging signs. We know we have a lot of work ahead, but we also know which areas to work on. We will try new things in Bahrain and I’m confident the car will be better,” he concluded.