Romain Grosjean is unsurprisingly looking forward to returning to cockpit next weekend in Singapore and he has set his sights on re-discovering the kind of synergy he had with his Lotus E20 earlier this year.
Grosjean had to sit out the race in Italy seven days ago after he picked up a ban for his role in the start-line accident in Belgium. He will now be hoping for good weekend at the Marina Bay street circuit to firmly put the events of Spa-Francorchamps behind him.
“Singapore is a pretty special race with it being held at night; it makes a great show for the fans. It's a pretty cool city. I haven't got much experience of the circuit so far; my first race here was back in 2009 and that was a difficult weekend, but I'm looking forward to getting back in the car, learning the track a bit better and putting everything in place for the rest of the season,” he confirmed.
“Since Hockenheim I haven't really had the same connection with the car as I had previously. At the start of the season I felt very comfortable and by the time we got to Valencia the sensation I had in the car was just amazing.
“Whether it's the tyres, the setup or something in my driving style I'm not 100 percent sure. But we need to go through everything and find out. The grids are so close this year that any tiny thing can mean the difference between being at the front and sitting in the midfield. I'm determined, however, to find that synergy with the car again in Singapore and carry it through the rest of the season.
“Singapore will be a chance for me to get back out there and do my best. I want to qualify well, be as close to possible to Kimi [Raikkonen – my team-mate] in terms of performance and score points for the team in the Constructors' Championship.”
“It's a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest. In terms of the tyres I think we should be looking good too; it's always an interesting race, so I'm looking forward to it,” he added.
Meanwhile, despite having to watch the race from the pit wall in Monza, Grosjean added he did try and make the most of the experience. He also noted that he really appreciated the backing of all the mechanics and other team members.
“I think for me, the main thing about Monza was being in the garage and feeling the support I had from the team. It was really nice and I think that's something a driver needs. We're a family here and it meant a lot to me,” he continued. “Apart from that, being on the pit wall with the engineers and looking at the data is always useful. You get another perspective on how the cars are performing, where the differences are, what can be improved and so on.
“I can still learn a lot from Kimi too; he has a huge amount of experience. As a team-mate he is both challenging and fantastic; challenging because he is so quick and has abilities I have yet to develop, but fantastic because he is also a great example to follow in the way he can switch his mind set so quickly during a race weekend to be entirely focused on the job.
“Apart from actually being in the car, I think the weekend in Monza was the best preparation I could have for Singapore.”