Romain Grosjean insists that his F1 season will start in China after a difficult return to the grid so far with Lotus this year.
The defending GP2 champion has shown his speed by qualifying inside the top six for the two races so far but has managed just four laps of racing after incidents in both Australia and Malaysia – meaning he currently sits rock bottom of the championship standings.
Speaking on the Lotus F1 website, Grosjean said there were still positives for him to take away from the opening rounds of the year but said he was taking the approach that his season will really start in China as he hopes to secure a first finish – and first points – of 2012.
“We can certainly say that we have good performance from the car,” he said. “We've got through to Q3 at both races so the car is performing very well. We were able to fight for the front row in qualifying and the pace in the race is very good. In China I hope we can have a more standard race with everything in order with regards to the start, the race - and not a crazy amount of water on track as we did at Sepang - and we can finally achieve the good result which we are capable of.
“When you make mistakes you have to admit it and not repeat that mistake. When it's not your fault – well it's not your fault. The first two races were tough and we didn't get a result. On the other hand I know that we can do some great things in the future races. My season starts properly in China.”
Grosjean will hope to benefit from revisions being made to the E20 for the Chinese race, with the Frenchman saying the car will only continue to get better.
“It's great to see how much the factory is behind us and working very hard to give us updates,” he said. “We've had a promising start to the season and we all want to get the best in every area, so a new aerodynamic package is quite exciting; I can't wait to see how it looks and then experience how it feels on track. Then, most importantly, I want to see the lap time gain.
“The E20 gives me a great feeling. We have seen some interesting things in Malaysia and we are always learning more about how it reacts. We gained a very good impression at Australia and Malaysia. We have a few areas where we know what to do and a few areas where we know what not to do in terms of set-up. I'm sure for Shanghai we will be able to find the best set-up quicker than at the first two races. I think there is still scope for me to feel more comfortable and confident with the E20, but it's a very nice car to drive and with the new aero package it should be even better; then with all subsequent packages better and better…”