Grosjean optimistic over Lotus improvements
8 June 2014 – Romain Grosjean says Lotus' improvements give him reason to be optimistic ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Grosjean, who has finished the last two races in eighth place, will start from 14th on the grid but believes that Lotus has made progress with its E22.
"[Qualifying] went pretty well to be fair, we were expecting a tough race here as our top speed and low downforce package is probably not our biggest strength," he told journalists.
"I'm happy with the set-up changes we did since Monaco and the car is going in the right direction. I do enjoy driving it which is quite important."
Grosjean reckons he could have qualified a couple of spots higher up had everything fallen into place – he was unable to set a second flying lap in Q2 after crossing the line a second after the chequered flag came out.
"I think we could have gone one or two positions better at the end as we missed the chequered flag before the last lap," he added. "But if you look at the time difference we are much closer to the top than before. Tyre degradation may be much higher than Friday and we'll try and play with that."