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Q&A - Romain Grosjean, Lotus

Lotus ace Romain Grosjean readies himself for the start of the new F1 season in Australia
Q:
Next stop Albert Park and we're looking ahead to the 2013 season; how are you feeling?

Romain Grosjean
I'm really looking forward to the 2013 season; it's been a good winter for us and we achieved quite a bit of what we wanted to do, even if the conditions were not always easy. We're ready for Albert Park, it's one of my favourite Grand Prix circuits, so it will be good to get there, start the season and do the best that we can.

Q:
We saw last year that the E20 was somewhat of a dark horse and that then carried on through the year; how does this year's car feel in comparison?

Romain Grosjean
It's a good continuation of the E20 and definitely a step forward; the team have been working hard and are doing their best to give us a good car. The answer will only be clear after qualifying in Melbourne; we looked quick during winter testing but it's always different to race weekends, so let's see what the first race brings us. Hopefully it's a good surprise, as was the case last year, and I'm sure we can have a very good season.

Q:
Last year you impressed with P3 on the grid in Australia, on a circuit you'd never raced on before. What's your feeling as you look to the first qualifying session of the 2013?

Romain Grosjean
I obviously have much more experience than I did heading into last year and I'm looking forward to the whole season. I will try to put all the work I have been doing together with the team and turn that into good performances on track. I feel much more comfortable as I approach the 2013 season. Last year there were some highs and some lows, so the idea now is to keep up the performance that I'm able to show and bring some consistency which needs to be there every time. We know what we want and we've had good discussions through the winter, so we'll all looking to start the season with a clear direction.

Q:
How much benefit will the continuity bring?

Romain Grosjean
I think consecutive seasons in any category is good from two points of view. The first is with the driving itself; you're restarting a season so you know the circuits, you know the cars, how a race weekend works and what you should and shouldn't do. Then, there is the continuity with the team, which is another point and one that's quite important as well. As we go to Melbourne we'll know the set up we used from last year and we can work from there. All our engineers are the same and the way we approach the data is familiar. From this standpoint we can really work well and keep everything we've been learning together. During testing I also had to the chance to run with Kimi's engineers which was very good. We are a team and we're working together; there's nothing that is hidden or not shared between us.

Q:
You've been with the team for quite a long time now; what is the feeling within the garage as we head into the 2013 season and where are our strengths?

Romain Grosjean
This team has so much history; it was started a long time ago, has won three Constructors' World Championships and there will hopefully be more in the future. The key people here know how to create a good car and over the last four years the team has been picking up momentum. Our objectives keep rising higher and higher, but I think it's reasonable to say that we can achieve them.

Q:
It's also your second season with Kimi as a team mate and you were both racing quite closely on track together at certain points last year; how will you approach this season and working with him again?

Romain Grosjean
Kimi is a good team mate and the relationship we have is ok. We're both quite quick and we're always pushing the limits. In engineering meetings and internally we share everything which helps us both perform better on track and when we're out there we push each other hard, but it's always with respect and fair play.

Q:
It's very difficult to predict these things after winter testing, but where would you hope to be in Australia?

Romain Grosjean
I've been thinking about this quite a lot, but I really have no answer until we get to qualifying in Melbourne. Of course, we always want to be at the front; that's the aim, and we'll do the best that the car can do. As long as I perform to my best then I will be happy.


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Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E21. 02.03.2013.
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Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 E21. 02.03.2013.
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22.11.2014 - Free practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 and his wife Gabriele
22.11.2014 - Free practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
22.1.2014 - Free practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
22.1.2014 - Free practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
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22.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
22.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
22.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
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21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
21.11.2014 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

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