Grosjean expects better Austria showing
14 June 2014 – Romain Grosjean expects his Lotus team to deliver a stronger performance at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Frenchman and team-mate Pastor Maldonado struggled for pace in Montreal last time out, with low speed corners and straight-line speed, stemming from engine supplier Renault's deficiencies, the E22's weak areas.
But Grosjean reckons the Red Bull Ring, returning after an 11-year absence, could yield a better outcome.
"We won't know for sure until we've been out on track, but I don't think the circuit should be as much of a challenge to us as Monaco or Montreal," Grosjean commented. "Certainly there are fewer low speed corners which seem to have been more difficult for us this season and the downforce level could suit us better too."
Grosjean says he is feeling constant progress with his 2014 contender, after a troublesome start to the year.
"Even though the end result in Canada might not show it, we've actually made good progress with the car and it's starting to feel like a real racer in how it handles and how all the systems feel," said Grosjean. "This is very important as it helps you get the most out of the car through every corner to make the most of every lap.
"At the start of the season this new generation of car was not the easiest or the most pleasurable thing to drive, but I'm being won round! The feel of the car is an important aspect of the improvements being made."
Lotus currently sits eighth in the standings, with Grosjean collecting points in Barcelona and Monte-Carlo.