Romain Grosjean has said he wants to try and “build some momentum” in the season half of the Formula 1 season.
Grosjean and Lotus have had a miserable 2014 so far, with the Frenchman's eighth place finishes in Spain and Monaco his – and the team's – sole points results.
Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend, he has vowed he will be “going all out” to get more points in the final eight races of the year.
“At the end of the day all we as drivers can do is to do our best every time we get in the car,” he commented. “It has been a very hard year so far but you have to keep looking ahead and hoping that all of the bad luck, issues and tough times get paid back through our determination to make things better.
“Ever since I have been at Enstone I have seen this determination to succeed and it will help us. When you match these qualities to the skill of the technical team then we should get some rewards in the remaining races.
“We need to build some momentum and I will be going all out to make sure we get more points and exploit the best of the E22 for the rest of the season.”
Quizzed specifically on the event in Belgium and his target, he said more points are “always” the goal.
“Since Monaco we have had a succession of really hard races where for many reasons we have not been in the position to claim any points. For Spa I am hoping that there will be some improvements so we can show the potential which has been seen on a few occasions, like at Barcelona. We have to reverse the problems that have held us back and I believe that if we get that then we can post more points on the board,” he explained.
“Spa as we all know is one of the best tracks we go to, if not the best of them all. As a driver it is like a dream circuit with elevation change, quick corners, medium speed technical corners and some good straights for overtaking. It's a circuit with a soul,” he continued.
“I always enjoy racing here, as do most of the drivers. What I find memorable about Spa is not only the track but also the beautiful surroundings in the Ardennes forest. From the cockpit you get a very real sense of being at a living, breathing track at Spa and the fans are really close to the action. You can almost smell the frites!”
He also insisted that he remains upbeat: “Despite the difficulties so far, I feel positive for the rest of the season to come,” he confirmed. “We have seen that there have been many issues since the start of the year and even before, but as with everything in life you have to look forward and this is exactly what I am doing.
“This is now my third full season in F1 and although the disappointments always hurt, I am also mature enough to know that when things get tough you are able to learn more and to try and work toward being successful again. I really hope we can do that together as a team for the remainder of the year. That is the aim.
“I come back to the paddock [after the summer break] refreshed and with energy restored for the next phase of the season.”