SPA, Belgium, August 22nd, 2013 (F1plus/B. Dixon).- What a difference a year makes. Having deprived himself and others of a drive around the undulating curves in Spa after causing a first lap catastrophe in 2012, Romain Grosjean will be keen to make amends and continue the good form he showed in Germany and Hungary, in which he bought the car home in third and sixth places respectively.
A repeat of last year's misdemeanor seemed to be a distant memory for him as he talked about the progress he feels has been made by both by himself and the team,
“We had a decent run since Bahrain, where we found out what we didn't like on the car at the start of the season. In Silverstone we had a little bad luck. I had a bad Monaco, that was myself, but then I think I was getting better and better and we had in the last two races fights for victory, which is always good.
“The car was performing well in ‘quali’ and the race, so happy with that, happy with the progress we are doing and the updates that are being brought by the team. Just trying to do my best and giving one hundred per cent every time.” Grosjean said.
Romain Grosjean remains aware that although he has started each race so far this season cleanly, there will be a certain amount of focus on him when the lights are extinguished to signal the start of the race on Sunday but refuses to allow that to hinder his chances,
“I have a different state of mind and I think I've progressed a lot and worked on that and I think the 2013 starts prove that I did my duties. No, I'll keep pushing and trying to do my best in every circumstance. When every eye is on you, it's easier for the others to play with that.
“But I'm here today to give my best, trying to win races, what I've been trying to do in the last two Grand Prix and it's getting closer and closer, which is good. So I'll keep progressing, keep working and keep doing the same things and I'll keep doing clean starts.” The Frenchman added.
Grosjean currently trails team mate Kimi Raikkonen by eighty five points and sits six places beneath him in eighth and when asked about Kimi's potential departure from the team, he revealed that he greatly values the Finn as a team mate, explaining that he motivates him to extract more performance out of himself and the car.
“Well I always say that losing Kimi would be a loss for the team, he's very good, he's a World Champion, it's good to have him as a teammate.We push each other to the limit but if he leaves then we still have to do the job and try to win races and score a lot of points.
“So at the moment I think we have a good way of working together but yeah, if he leaves then I would be more than happy to get the deal and try to keep Lotus where it is or still improve.” He concluded.
Kimi Raikkonen was not available to speak with press due to illness. Spa is a favorite track for the Finn and one at which he excels having been first past the chequered flag on four occasions.
We hope he returns fighting fit ready to continue his challenge on Sebastian Vettel for the Championship.