Romain Grosjean says it is his target to ascend the order again during the Italian Grand Prix having turned a ninth place starting position into a podium finish last time out in Belgium.

Making the most of his Lotus' superior Mercedes engine, Grosjean enjoyed a positive qualifying session at Monza, scoring a spot on the fourth row in eighth alongside Sergio Perez.

Having produced a stunning third place finish in Belgium largely on pace alone, Grosjean is eager to put in a repeat performance in Italy, but expects Williams, Force India and even Sauber to pose a significant challenge for the positions beyond Mercedes and Ferrari.

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"I'm hoping so, I'm hoping so [moving forward]," he said. "Yesterday our long run pace was not so good but we made some nice changes overnight and it should help us massively."

"They were really quick yesterday, they were a bit less quick in qualifying today, so let's see if we can fight with them. Williams seems to have picked up quite a lot of pace since yesterday and then the guys in front we knew they were too quick anyway.

"So it may be an exciting battle - maybe Williams is a bit far away but then Force India, ourselves, Sauber is right there and then I'm sure some people have kept a lot of new tyres coming from the back, so you never know."