Romain Grosjean is well positioned to secure both his and Lotus' first F1 points of the season after qualifying a much improved fifth place for the Spanish Grand Prix,

Making another step forward from the team's encouraging showing last time out in China, Grosjean may have only just squeezed into Q3, but once there he would turn in a lap good enough for the third row in fifth place.

Seemingly confirming that Lotus is well on the way to rediscovering the form that had it on the podium in Spain last season, Grosjean is confident his race pace will be sufficient to ensure he gets both himself and the team off the marker this weekend.

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"It's very positive for everybody in the team to be on the third row of the grid. It's where we want to be and there is certainly more to come. The race should be interesting. It's difficult to overtake on this track and we'll be looking to save the tyres as much as possible in the first stint to see how far as we can go with them.

"We will see what we can achieve tomorrow but it goes without saying that it would be good to finally score some points."

Despite the evident step forward, Grosjean was not so surprised with the result, suggesting team-mate Pastor Maldonado's pace in FP2, both on a single lap and over a long run, had indicated Lotus was in good shape for a good qualifying performance.

"I think yesterday we were something like P9, which was nice. I think we benefitted a bit from the fact that Seb couldn't do a lap in Q3, but that is still sixth so it's good. Points would be nice. We will do our best. The long run from Pastor yesterday looked interesting, so hopefully we can score some."