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Grosjean: My season starts in Shanghai

Romain Grosjean says his season will start in China after a difficult opening to 2012
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…”


Tagged as: Romain Grosjean , China , Lotus , Grosjean , E20

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24.03.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.03.2012- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.03.2012- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
25.11.2016 - Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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Buck - Unregistered

April 04, 2012 4:15 PM

The only question is WHO will he blame when he crashes off in China. I could not believe he blamed MS when we all saw him lose the car and smash into him. And then a couple of laps later loses the car in exactly the same way and spins off. I hate it when drivers don't have enough balls to admit they made a mistake, but point the finger at someone else. Shows total lack of class! '

marbles

April 05, 2012 3:18 AM

I don't think this guy has taken responsibility for any of his incidents-- ever. He had several tangles with other people in his first F1 stint and it was always someone elses fault.Bit of a cocky bugger.



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