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Singapore Grand Prix: Grosjean targets podium return

Romain Grosjean hopes Lotus can fight at the front when F1 heads to Singapore next weekend
Romain Grosjean says he is confident that Lotus will be on the pace in Singapore next weekend as he seeks to make a return to the F1 podium.

The Frenchman has a brace of third place finishes to his name this season, having finished on the bottom step of the podium in both Bahrain and Germany.

The Frenchman heads into F1's annual night race seeking to bounce back from a challenging start to the second half of the year but he said he confident that the street circuit would be better suited to the E21 than the venues that have gone before.

“It's a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest,” he said. “In terms of the tyres I think we should be looking good too. Certainly, we should be able to perform stronger than at the last two races, which haven't always suited our car.

“Singapore is a pretty fantastic place and the race is always a challenge. I love street races; there's something about racing in the middle of a city. We race at night which means it looks amazing for the fans, but in the car there's not so much of a difference for us as drivers as the lights make it seem like it's daylight on track.

“We have some fantastic races ahead and it's going to be a busy couple of months. I'll be pushing to do the very best job I can and I know the race team and everyone at Enstone wants to finish this season with the strongest results possible, so naturally we want to get back on the podium as much as possible.”

Trackside operations director Alan Permane admitted that Singapore was a circuit where Lotus was hopeful of a strong run, although he conceded that qualifying well would be key to a successful weekend.

“We return to a high downforce configuration, with some of the front wing developments brought to the car for the recent low downforce races being carried over,” he said. “Aside from that it's business as usual with a package which we know works well from our performances in Germany and Hungary. We didn't have the greatest of weekends in Spa or Monza, so we're looking forward to a return to the higher downforce tracks that arise in the next few races where the aim is to get back on the podium.

“As with places like Monaco or Hungary, there's no doubt that this is a circuit where qualifying is of higher importance than at most other venues. The allocation of super soft and medium compound tyres will potentially add to this too. We'll likely use the supersoft for qualifying and the medium for the race, but with the stiffness of this year's medium tyre being relatively similar to last year's soft, plus the additional knowledge the teams now have in terms of managing degradation, we would expect overtaking to be difficult at best.“

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08.09.2013- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E213
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E213
06.09.2013- Free practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E213

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