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.”