Grosjean relishes Montreal return

Wednesday 04-June-2014 10:45

After scoring points in consecutive races, Romain Grosjean is looking forward to race at his favourite track on the calendar this weekend.

Lotus started the year disastrously and had to wait until the Spanish Grand Prix to score their first points of the season. In the last two races, though, Grosjean in particular looked more like his old self and after finishing in eighth place in Monaco last week, he is confident of scoring points for the third consecutive race in Montreal.

"I enjoy the sensation of being close to the walls," Grosjean told ahead of this week's race.

"Montreal is in-between a normal circuit and a street circuit. The walls are very close in some places, while other parts are similar to a European circuit. Montreal is also different from Monaco as there are some long straights and some big braking moments.

"It's a race I really like - it's my favourite circuit to race on the Xbox! - and I have very good memories from 2012 when I went from seventh on the grid to my first second place in F1. It was a really great day and it was really a strong team result as we used a one-stop strategy to get on the podium after a disappointing qualifying session the day before.

"The track surface can also present challenges as we've seen in other seasons, so it will be interesting to see what the grip level is like this year.

"The circuit is not used for the rest of the year so the grip will change a lot, something we'll have to adapt to. That will certainly be on your mind as you take to the track for the first time over the weekend. [The Gilles Villeneuve circuit] is definitely unique and we normally bring a different downforce package for that reason, which adds another unknown factor to the weekend."

With regards to his eighth place finish in Monaco, Grosjean believes his Lotus E22 is finally a competitive car.

"The start of the grand prix was a nightmare because I was hit on the first lap and suffered a puncture," he noted.

"Then I was stuck in traffic and couldn't overtake. Of course, when you have a predictable car with plenty of grip it is easy to attack, but we struggled to find a base set-up and it clearly wasn't good enough in the race.

"But anything is possible in Monaco, we didn't give up and managed to recover from 19th to eighth. We scored points and we know where to improve the car, which is still not quick enough in low speed corners.

"[High speed corners] are not a concern. The aerodynamics are stable and the power unit management is getting better, so now we are more focused on the suspension side. Last year we had a very good car in that aspect, so we'll compare the E22 with the E21 and possibly revert to some previous settings to make it better at low speed. I believe our downforce is pretty good, so it's mechanical grip we're after.

"In previous seasons, the car was good out of the box, while the E22 has required a lot of development but, even in Monaco, we improved the car, even if it didn't look like it on the timesheets."

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