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Grosjean with 'positive feeling' heading to Hungary

Romain Grosjean: There are a lot of positives to take from Germany and we're very keen to maintain the momentum from that good result heading to Budapest.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has said he will go to the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend with a 'positive feeling'.

The Frenchman has had a rather mixed season, but after failing to score in Spain, Monaco, Canada and Britain, he bounced back last time out and took a podium in Germany. He is now keen to maintain that momentum in Budapest, the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

“Taking third in Germany was great so I certainly have a positive feeling heading to Hungary,” Grosjean confirmed. “We had a very strong race [at the Nurburgring]. I was able to push really well in my first stint and thought I had a chance at one stage to challenge for the win, but the Safety Car meant I lost all the advantage I'd built up at that stage of the race. That then decided the strategy for us and ultimately we weren't fast enough to challenge for the win at the end. [But] there are a lot of positives to take from it and we're very keen to maintain the momentum from that good result heading to Budapest.”

Grosjean managed to finish third at the Hungaroring last season and would love to repeat that feat again.

“It's a circuit that I quite like and one where I have had good experiences in the past,” he continued. “I scored my first GP2 Series pole position there in 2008, then finished first and third in 2011 which was a pretty good weekend.

“In 2012 I had my third [F1] podium finish of the year and qualified P2 on the grid which was a great way to end the first half of the season.”

“I can remember feeling frustrated last year in Budapest though as we did have a chance to be fighting for the win before we got held up by a driver who didn't respect the blue flags,” he added, “but that's certainly a better frustration than missing out on the podium or even worse.”

So what will be the key to success at the Hungaroring? Grid position and the weather it seems: “It's a tight and twisty track so you need a good qualifying result,” Grosjean stressed. “We showed last year that being on the front row certainly helps and it would be fantastic to be back there again this year.

"We've also seen that high temperatures work well for us and it's usually hot in Budapest, so we'll be hoping for plenty of sun again.”




Related Pictures

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07.07.2013-  Race, Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
07.07.2013-  Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
30.06.2013- Race: Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E213
22.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E213

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titfortat

July 21, 2013 5:57 PM

Grosjean put himself in the role of the number two driver because of his poor results this season, he cannot blame anyone else but himself. If Kimi was doing badly and Grosjean could win the championship then you can bet they support Grosjean. Lotus was Grosjean to do well because he's French and it's good for the team boss and the Renault.

Firestorm

July 21, 2013 1:45 PM

Last year he had a good race in Hungary. He was challenging Lewis Hamilton until Lotus strategy put Raikkonen ahead of him. I am not complainting about them because I am a strong supporter of the teams which have a clear number one driver in the case which they are haven't a dominant car. Is theirs only hope to take the drivers championship at least. Raikkonen and Alonso are the only one who can beat Vettel this year. Mercedes drivers are well matched and often they takes points to each other. Sadly Red Bull have understood this policy and they clearly supporting Vettel(not a bad policy, especially after Webber is leaving at the end of the season) but they did it too in the previous seasons and the results were nice, especially in 2010. I hope that Lotus will be very strong again but if they will win the race...it will be the car driven by Kimi.



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