Grosjean sure there will be no 2014 repeat for Lotus next year
Romain Grosjean is confident that there will be no repeat of the Lotus F1 Team’s disappointing and difficult 2014 season next year.
The Frenchman is keeping his options open for the 2015 season, but is sure that the Enstone-based outfit will be more competitive. Lotus is currently eighth in the constructors’ standings with eight points, all scored by Grosjean.
“They don’t have to convince me, I know what they are capable of doing,” he said at the Hungaroring today. “I know they have been doing very good cars in the past and I know the struggles we have now.
“We are now in the process to understand why things are not working between the wind tunnel and the car, and where we can improve. I know they are capable of doing a good car.
“If they know what budget they have and can work with that, and they get the good engine, which I believe hopefully they will, then from there you can access what they are capable of. I know the team is not going to do a season like this next year, for fact, that they will react and get better.
“Even though it may not be as good as last year, I am sure it is going to be a car capable of fighting for points much more often.”
He is optimistic that the Hungaroring will suit the Lotus E22 and is hopeful that the removal of FRIC will not have a big impact on the car’s performance at the track.
“We hope that we are going to get a decent car around here again,” he said. “It was a loss of downforce but not a loss of the behaviour of the car. Certainly Sauber and ourself [Lotus] were a little bit closer in qualifying in Hockenheim, but we haven’t lost much pace compared to others.
“We are where we were before. Hopefully this track has always suited the car pretty well for the team in the past and I love driving here, so I will do my best to bring it bring it as close to the top 10 in qualifying and try to stay there.”
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