July 24th, 2013 (F1plus).- If there’s a driver whose performances fluctuates from great to ugly, it would be Romain Grosjean.
The Frenchman is recognized by his either his excellent driving in which he looks utterly confortable in his Lotus, even threatening to come out victorious, or just the plain opposite when a clear mistake usually ends with someone else on the barriers –if not himself- spectacularly.
At times, it seems unfair the amount of bad publicity Romain gets. Affable and usually with a smile on his face, the Lotus driver projects optimism in spite of the burden that comes with those polarizing results.
It would be impossible to hide the importance of his last podium at Germany, one that came at the right time and one that provides a boost in confidence for him and his team on him.
“Really good” are the two words use by Grosjean to describe his latest feat.
“There are a lot of positives to take from Germany so we’re very keen to maintain the momentum from that good result heading to Budapest.” He added in reference to his results and prospects.
Once again, Lotus faces the qualifying challenge, as the team finds hard to outperform the field and has not achieved a ‘pole’ since Raikkonen arrived in 2012.
“It’s a tight and twisty track so you need a good qualifying result. We showed last year that being on the front row certainly helps and it would be fantastic to be back there again this year.” Romain commented on reference to the second (Kimi) and third place achievement for the team last year.
The French feels more confortable with the race ahead given his history there. In 2008 earned his first pole in GP2, which led to a victory, plus the good weekend in 2012 where he qualified 2nd and finished third.
“In terms of driving, it’s not the most physically challenging layout in terms of high speed corners, but the heat you experience in the cockpit can be quite intense. It can also be a difficult circuit early in the weekend as the track is not used very much, meaning it’s quite slippery when you first go out.” Grosjean concluded.