Grosjean feeling positive ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

Grosjean feeling positive ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean is feeling positive ahead of the next round on the F1 2014 calendar in Austria, saying Lotus is making progress with the Renault-powered E22.0955LB1D3015

The Frenchman retired from the last race in Canada with rear wing damage but despite the disappointing result, he feels the team is making steps forward and says he is being “won round” by the new-spec cars.

When asked what his outlook is ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, he replied: “I am positive. Even though the end result in Canada might not show it, we’ve actually made good progress with the car and it’s starting to feel like a real racer in how it handles and how all the systems feel.

“This is very important to me as it helps you get the most out of the car through every corner to make the most of every lap. Certainly at the start of the season this new generation of car was not the easiest or the most pleasurable thing to drive, but I’m being won round.”

He has never driven the Red Bull Ring, but is looking forward to the challenge of learning a new track.

“Competing in the Grand Prix will be my first experience there, which is a pretty cool way to get to know a track,” he said.

“It looks like quite a fun lap with some high speed sections and not too much low speed stuff – which hasn’t suited our car so far this year. The track has a bit of undulation too, which is always fun as a driver.

“A downhill approach to a corner means you have to drive it quite a bit differently than if it’s an uphill approach and Spielberg has both of those. It should be fun.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.