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Q&A - Romain Grosjean, Lotus

Romain Grosjean looks ahead to Korea as he seeks to put Japan behind him
Q:
Firstly, what went wrong in Suzuka?

Romain Grosjean:
Since Singapore, I've been trying to be really cautious at the starts and it's been all the more frustrating to be involved in an incident in Japan. When approaching the first corner, I was watching Sergio [Perez] on my left to make sure there was no contact with him. I didn't expect such a big speed difference between me and Mark [Webber] braking into the corner, we collided and that was it. It was a stupid mistake. Mark [Webber] came to see me after the race and was obviously not happy, but I apologised and we have to move on. I've sat down and looked at things again with the team; for sure it's still an area we need to improve. We're clearly focusing on this area for the next races.

Q:
You retired from the race not far from the end – was there an issue?

Romain Grosjean:
We tried running a long final stint but my tyre performance dropped off significantly. We were a long way out of the points and making another stop so late in the race wouldn't have made sense from a tactical or safety standpoint so retiring was the only sensible option.

Q:
What were the positives from the weekend?

Romain Grosjean:
Qualifying was certainly a highlight, and the way we all worked together as a team to dial in the set-up of the car which was not where we wanted it at the start of the weekend. In qualifying we were easily through to Q3 and the car even had the pace to be further up the grid. I took the most satisfaction from how well me and my engineers worked through the weekend to extract more performance from the car.

Q:
The track has a bit of a split personality with the three long straights and some tight and twisty sections; does that make setting up the car difficult?

Romain Grosjean:
It's the same for many circuits. There will be corners where we may be good and some where we may not be as strong. We know our strengths as well as out weakness, so hopefully we can improve on those in Korea and through to the end of the season.

Q:
How do you cope as a driver when you have to make such a compromise on setup?

Romain Grosjean:
A compromise is not always the best solution. Everyone on the grid has their own driving preferences – some may like a very light car at high speed for example – so you have to try and find the best solution for your own style. Normally we adapt ourselves quite well in that sense and it will be another interesting challenge.

Q:
What are your thoughts on Korea as a country?

Romain Grosjean:
Seoul was very nice when I visited it last year; it's a fascinating combination of Asian culture with some European flavour too. The circuit is quite remote and it's a very different part of Korea from Seoul. It's certainly a different experience from that of many other Grands Prix. The track looks to be a good challenge and it's going to be great to be racing in front of new fans for Formula 1.

Q:
Do you like visiting new countries and meeting new fans?

Romain Grosjean:
Yes, I do like travelling and seeing new fans. We've just left Japan where the supporters are very enthusiastic; they even gave me a flag signed by many people which was really nice. In Korea Formula 1 is new so it's fascinating seeing the sport grow and meeting new followers.



Related Pictures

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07.10.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34
07.10.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 leads Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW34 and Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
06.10.2012- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
30.10.2014 - Press conference, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22
12.10.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team, E22

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@dylan 'the driver Senna always wanted to be.' ?seriously? apart from the fact they never even met/were in complete different racing generations... i dont think senna ever wanted to be like any other driver? sure he respected most other racers/legends but he always wanted to be himself.

Marcus - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 5:30 PM

@coach racer - No, Romain is only dangerous on the first lap with lots of cars around him, so if starting from pitlane he should be on a safe distance from the others on the first lap, after that he will deal with the others one at the time, and that he manages fine.



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