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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Grosjean expects “quite a strong race”

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean keen to get back in the points in Hungary after successive DNFs in Canada and Britain
Romain Grosjean says providing Lotus start the weekend well in Hungary, he is confident they can have “quite a strong race”.

Grosjean has scored points four times so far this season, but after back-to-back DNFs in Canada and Britain, is determined now to get to the finish and add to his 17-point haul for the year.

“We've gone well in Budapest in the past and it's a track I like,” he said prior to the tenth round in the 2015 F1 World Championship and the last prior to the summer break. “The E23 works well and we seem to be able to extract pretty good performance from it at most tracks we visit.

“The Hungaroring is not a high speed circuit so it won't play to the strength of our car through the speed traps, but we've worked pretty well in the low speed stuff. The tyre allocation of the soft and medium compound Pirelli is certainly quite a conservative one, but we should be able to go quite well.

“I think if we start the weekend well we could have quite a strong race and bag some more juicy points ahead of the summer break.”

So what will be the key to a good result?

“Qualifying, pure and simple. It's a tight and twisty track so you really do need a good qualifying result. We showed in 2012 that being on the front row certainly helps and 2013's P3 wasn't too bad either,” he replied.

“It's a great track and one that's suited us in the past. It was great to be on the podium there in 2012. I can remember feeling frustrated that year as we did have a chance to be fighting for the win, but that didn't work out because of traffic,” he continued.

“I like the circuit and its style of up and downs and twisty corners. I like the feeling you get when driving on the track and the grip you get from it. I've been very quick in qualifying pretty much every time there. It's also the venue of one of my best overtaking ever in my Formula 1 career in 2013, even though I was penalised for being a few small centimetres over the line, which was tough at the time…

“Nevertheless, it is hard to overtake at the Hungaroring making qualifying very, very important and equally so the race strategy.”

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04.07.2015 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
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03.07.2015 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
04.07.2015 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23

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