Romain Grosjean insists he can't wait to hit the track at Suzuka this weekend after joining the list of drivers to admit that the home of the Japanese Grand Prix is his favourite venue on the F1 schedule.

The Lotus man heads into the weekend seeking to build on the impressive pace displayed in recent races, with podium pace in Singapore before he was forced into retirement and then a top three finish last time out in Singapore.

"I know I won't be the first one to say this, but Suzuka is definitely my favourite circuit of the year," he admitted. "Every driver has races that are special to them for one reason or another - a home Grand Prix, or the venue for their first win maybe - but I think if you ask most racers they will tell you there's just something about this place that's a little bit different. This will be only my third time driving the track, but I've been looking forward to it ever since the flag dropped in Korea; it's simply fantastic.

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"It's a track that really allows a driver to demonstrate their feel for the car. Not only is combination of corners pretty relentless - so you never really get a rest - but the way the layout flows together means that the smallest mistake can make a big difference to your time. Get it right, and the feeling is amazing. Get it wrong, and you just want to keep trying again and again until you have it nailed.

"Each sequence is challenging in its own way, and you have to find the perfect balance to put a good lap together. Every track has its challenges, but Suzuka is a continuous test of a drivers skills and I think that's what makes it so beautiful to drive."

Grosjean had to settle for third at the Yeongam circuit after losing out to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in a brief period between two Safety Car periods and he admitted that - with the pair free to race - he was keen to come out on top of the pair end up embroiled in a battle again this weekend.

"It was a fantastic result," he said of the Korean weekend. "Of course, one step higher on the podium for me would have been better and two steps up would have been superb. Our battle with Lewis [Hamilton] was good, our pace was great but the safety cars stopped us in our fight for the win. After the restart I should have been in front of Kimi on the road, but it was my mistake which let him past so it was third place on the podium instead of second.

"If we're fighting for the same piece of track and the same position then it means we're both getting the maximum out of the car, which is a positive thing whichever way you look at it. Obviously we're both competitive, but our racing has always been fair. I made a mistake in Korea, which is why he got past, but this is not something I want to happen again.

"The team's philosophy is always to let us race unless we're on very different strategies where one driver could hold up the other, and this is the right approach. Let's hope we have some more battles for podium places and I'll be pushing to be the one ahead."