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Q&A - Romain Grosjean, Lotus

Romain Grosjean looks ahead to the next round of the F1 season in Shanghai next weekend
Q:
How are you feeling two races into the season?

Romain Grosjean:
It's been a little frustrating as I don't think I've shown my full potential yet. The first two races were quite difficult for me and I would really like a weekend where I can show what myself and the team can do this season. We've got great potential, I just need to unlock it. Hopefully we'll find the key in China.

Q:
Do you think more was possible in Malaysia?

Romain Grosjean:
If we'd had the car we wanted all weekend then yes. Starting further up the grid and making a better start would have helped too, but it's always easy to say that. During the race itself I spent a lot of time stuck behind Felipe [Massa] in the middle phase and I'm sure if I could have passed him earlier then I would have stayed ahead, but by the end my tyres were finished so it was best just to let him through without compromising either of our races. There were a couple of times where maybe the backmarkers could have made things a little easier too.

Q:
Is the E21 delivering more of what you want from a racing car?

Romain Grosjean:
We have definitely made progress. It's been frustrating for me as sometimes the car gives me what I want and sometimes it doesn't, even if the conditions and setup are very similar. I've been working closely with my engineers and we made good progress over the last race weekend. The car and the latest tyres seem to be very sensitive to having the balance exactly right so that's what we're focusing on.

Q:
The team have been bringing new parts to the car; have these been helping?

Romain Grosjean:
We've been making steps forward with performance and that's always what you want. The new front wing was beneficial and I'm looking forward to getting the latest exhaust configuration in China. Kimi used it in Sepang and it was definitely of benefit to the car.

Q:
You scored your first Formula 1 points last year in Shanghai; is it good to be returning?

Romain Grosjean:
It was great to get off the mark and it's always fantastic to score points at a Grand Prix; the more the better! It was a challenging weekend as we didn't have the car we wanted at the beginning, but we were able to run a different tyre strategy and get a good result. Hopefully there'll be more points scored this year too.

Q:
What do you think of the circuit?

Romain Grosjean:
It's an impressive facility; the first time you see it you realise how big it is. The circuit layout is pretty good and there are some nice challenges like increasing radius corners and turns with a bit of banking. There are more slower speed corners than we've had at the last couple of races and there's a big straight too, so there's plenty to keep you occupied.

Q:
What would you like to achieve in China?

Romain Grosjean:
I would like to score strong points. I finished in tenth in Australia, then sixth in Malaysia so I'd be quite happy if I finish in second place in Shanghai. That or a win would make me very happy! Let's see how the car is once we arrive on track and hope there won't be rain again as we know our car does struggle a little in wet conditions.



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05.04.2014- Free practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
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05.04.2014- Free practice 3,  Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

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