13 September 2014
F1: Grosjean expecting more from Singapore
Romain Grosjean is hoping to banish memories of a bad weekend in Italy with a repeat of his point-scoring street racing form from Monaco when F1 heads to Singapore next weekend.
After another frustrating outing at the Italian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean is optimistic that Lotus can show better form as F1 returns to the streets in Singapore.
The Frenchman struggled at Monza, not only with the E22's inherent handling issues, but also with a faulty intercooler in qualifying and a baulky gearshift on raceday, leaving him to come home a distant 16th, two places behind team-mate Pastor Maldonado.
Ever the optimist, however, he is already looking ahead, his focus now on the return to Marina Bay for the unique challenge of taking on one of F1's few street circuits under the lights. The venue could not be more different to Monza, and Grosjean is keen to use its characteristics to reprise his Monaco result, one of the two eighth-place finishes that see him restricted to 14th in the overall standings.
“Compared to Monza, the answer is definitely 'yes',” he said when asked whether Singapore offers a better chance of success, however relative, than Monza, “Last weekend was a difficult one for us because the nature of the Monza track was like a penalty.
“It was another difficult race after a bad start and then a few incidents. All in all, it was important for the team to get two cars to the end, but we will be hoping for much better at Singapore and I think we can head in to it with some renewed confidence.
“Singapore offers less in terms of compromising the downforce for straight-line speed, so we should be able to fight higher up the grid. We managed to get some points at Monaco, so I am hoping we can achieve something similar on this street circuit too.
“This year will be interesting with the new cars. As we saw at Monaco, I am sure that the drivers will be working very hard in the cockpit, especially getting the power down out of the tight turns. And, if it is wet at any stage, then it will be particularly interesting...”
Grosjean has mixed memories of racing at Marina Bay, with third place on the grid still resulting in a DNF last season.
“It is still a good memory to have such a strong qualifying because I think that, at a street circuit like Marina Bay, a driver always makes that little bit of difference to the ultimate lap time, a little more so than permanent tracks,” he reasoned, “In 2012, I got points for seventh place, after some good battles, so I have some nice recollections of racing here.”
With his F1 future still in limbo with several seats yet to be filled for the 2014 season, Grosjean insists that he is taking things race-by-race, 'just to do the best we possibly can'.
“It has been a tough season as we all know, but there are still some opportunities to get points,” he maintained, “I will be racing as hard as ever to make sure we are in the best position we can be to achieve the maximum. I know this team well and they will be doing exactly the same....”
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