Romain Grosjean concedes Lotus will have their work cut out for them at Monza, but hopes the team can lay a good platform for Singapore.
The low downforce set-up of the Italian track doesn’t suit the E22 and Grosjean, who has scored only eight points so far this campaign, admits it will be about gaining some momentum for the Enstone squad.
“What are my aspirations for Monza? I think that it will be tough for us,” he said. On paper it is not one of the races that we should do that well at. But as always we will be fighting hard and trying to get the maximum from the weekend, so that it gives us good momentum for the Singapore weekend later in September when we should be stronger and the track should suit the E22 a little better.
“We will have a one-off rear wing for Monza and the key will be to make the car as quick as possible from an aero point of view, so that we can get back some of the performance from our straight-line speed disadvantage. Then we have to manage the tyre degradation.
“Also for us it will be tricky in the big corners like the Lesmos and the Ascari chicane because the less downforce you have then the more difficult it is to get good grip in the turns. It is a tough compromise but one I am sure that the team will get the best solution possible.”
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who is yet to finish in the top 10, is eyeing some “positive energy” at this weekend’s Italian GP.
“For sure it is going to be a tough weekend again for us at Lotus F1 Team. Monza is all about power combined with a low downforce set-up so it is a big challenge,” the Venezuelan said.
“I think it will be interesting to see the new 2014-spec cars here because the track is so unique and there is a very particular way to get the best out of the cars. They will be difficult to drive I think for everyone but we will be doing our best to put the Spa weekend behind us and to get more positive energy going before we head off on the long haul races.”