28 June 2014
Grosjean due ‘a good result’ as F1 heads home
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean reckons he is due a change of fortune as F1 heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean is hoping his recent luck changes as F1 heads to a circuit that not only the majority of competing teams call home, but also where he has had success in the past.
Two weeks after retiring from the Canadian Grand Prix to end his brief run of points finishes, the Frenchman was forced to start from the pit-lane in Austria, and faced an uphill battle to even make the top ten on an afternoon of little attrition, but where many of the runners had to contend with mechanical issues on a deceptively tough track.
By the end of 71 laps, Grosjean had made it up to 14th place, still some way short of a return to the points, and quickly turned his attention to Silverstone, which will host the British Grand Prix in little over a week.
“Austria really didn't play to our strengths, but then we did see other teams in similar situations,” he reflected, “We had brake issues, so it was a race where I had to stay focused on what I was doing - every lap seemed like a new experience as you never knew quite what to expect!
“I would be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating! It was one of those things where an electronic part argued with a mechanical part and I ended up starting from the pit-lane [but], in a way that gives you an auto reset as anything you achieve in the race is a benefit. So I got my head down and did the best I could, even if there were other gremlins trying to attack me in the car.”
Silverstone has been kind to both Grosjean and Lotus over the years, although not necessarily at the same time, and the Frenchman is looking forward to returning to a venue that finds favour with most of the grid.
“It's a fantastic track with a lot of high speed corners which should suit the E22 a lot better than the circuits we've visited recently - they seemed to jump on every weakness with our current package,” he noted, “Silverstone is challenging, but it has a good feel. It's one of the quickest tracks of the year, and there are corners which are legendary - like the Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel complex. It's quite a feeling going through there and I can't wait to feel that sensation once more.
“I won there in the GP2 Series in 2011, so I have to say I quite like it! I also scored points there on my F1 debut, but last year my race wasn't so good there. This means I must be due a good result!”
Regardless of their ownership, the majority of the F1 grid calls Silverstone their 'home' race due to its proximity to the factory, and that means a big turnout of staff for the event.
“It's always nice to see, not only the race team, but also some of the many people from the factory come to see us out in action,” Grosjean admitted, “It's thanks to all their hard work that we're out on track and they are all doing an amazing job, always working so hard. I will be in the factory before and after the race so it really does have a feeling of a home event.
“[Visiting the factory] is still a magical experience as you know there are so many people and so many resources just to make two cars that you and your team-mate will race around the world. It's such a privileged position to be in and everyone at every level in Enstone does an amazing job. For sure, this year has been difficult as our performance has not been where we want it to be, but everyone gets their heads down and keeps working towards getting us to our goal.”
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