Romain Grosjean says he hopes he recent run of frustration will come to an end this weekend when F1 heads for the Nurburgring for the German Grand Prix.
The Lotus drive goes into the race having endured a wretched run of form since taking a podium finish in Bahrain and has failed to trouble the scorers in the past four races.
It means the Frenchman lies down in ninth place in the championship standings with just 26 points to his name but he said he was hopeful of a return to form in the Eifel.
“We've got new parts on the car and we certainly have the pace for some strong results,” he said. “The last few races have been frustrating for various reasons, so if we can get a few solid weekends we should be able to get some decent results and score good points.
“The 'Ring is quite a nice track with a quite a lot to it. There's a really interesting mix of corners which means you have plenty to think about over the course of a lap; you're certainly kept busy at the Nürburgring! The first section relies on mechanical grip and turn one can be interesting at the start of the race if people go too deep into the corner.
“It can also be a good overtaking opportunity during the race too. After that there are some higher speed corners down to the hairpin – which is another good place you can overtake – then nice high speed stuff for the rest of the lap. You need a well-balanced car so I think we should go pretty well.”
Although his race ended in disappointment at Silverstone last weekend, Grosjean was at least able to outqualify team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for the first time this year and he said that finishing ahead of the Finn on the times had been a boost for the confidence.
“Of course, you always want to be faster than your team-mate so it was good to be in front of him on the grid,” he said. “We both had different upgrade packages on our cars, so it was good to see we were able to get similar speeds out of them.
“Of course, we want some more speed too, but there are still more parts to come and we're still learning about the latest upgrades so there's potential yet.”