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Romain Grosjean, Lotus - Q&A

20 March 2013

Q:
Sepang International is a circuit you like a lot, why?

Romain Grosjean:
Sepang is probably my favourite track of the whole season. I first raced there in 2008 as part of the GP2 Asia Series and I really loved the circuit. It's nice and wide, with fast flowing corners and a lot of undulation which makes it great fun to drive. The last corner is a tricky one, but I enjoy everything about racing there. Well, maybe not the heat and humidity, but at the end of the day it's just another challenge for the drivers! I'm really looking forward to it.

Q:
Talk us through your race in Melbourne, it wasn't quite what you wanted?

Romain Grosjean:
Yes, it's a shame as everything looked positive after qualifying in the morning, but in the race something felt wrong with my car. I sat down with my engineers to analyse where the problem came from and we hopefully will be able to perform better in the future. The car felt so good at times over the weekend, but then at other times it wasn't where I wanted it to be. It meant that the race felt long and pretty difficult for me. We know that Albert Park can be a tricky circuit to understand and the weather certainly didn't help us. It was very frustrating and I'm disappointed for the team and for myself as I wanted to start the season with a strong result. But I'll sit with the engineers and work out how best to improve for the race ahead, and we'll work hard to achieve the maximum, as always. If the car is capable of being on the podium then I want to be there.

Q:
After a frustrating race do you simply press the reset button for the next event?

Romain Grosjean:
Pretty much. Of course, you want to be able to use everything you've learnt, but you always approach a race wanting to do your best and you don't let a result which wasn't as good as you wanted get in the way of that. I'm having a very short break between Australia and Malaysia to let me recharge my batteries so that I'll arrive in Sepang fresh and ready to deliver my best on track.

Q:
The good news is that the car looks strong in terms of performance. Does this give you confidence going to Malaysia?

Romain Grosjean:
Clearly Kimi's car worked very well in Australia and the fact that mine felt good at times over the weekend gives us a clear target for where we want to get the setup and a guide of what the car is capable of. I want to be scoring 25 points in a Grand Prix for the team. I'm working closely with my engineers to understand exactly what is required to ensure the E21 is at its best for me. Knowing that we're very close to getting the car where I want it is certainly promising.

Q:
How difficult is Sepang in the wet?

Romain Grosjean:
Last year it was difficult for sure, but we've made some good improvements in our wet performance which we were able to show in the difficult conditions in Australia. This means I'm confident we can put on a good show no matter what the weather.

Q:
Back to back races always put an extra strain on the team, especially when heading to a climate like that of Malaysia. How do you plan to recover and prepare for the next race?

Romain Grosjean:
There are a few things that help in these situations. Firstly, it's important to continue your training regime as normal, no matter how much you may want to just sleep! Then the key is to adjust your body to the time difference and climate, particularly the latter in Malaysia where the heat and humidity make it one of the most difficult races of the year physically.


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