Grosjean eager for racing return

By on Monday, September 17, 2012

Photo credit: Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean will return to the cockpit in Singapore this weekend after sitting out the Italian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver was banned for one race after causing an accident at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix that eliminated Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez.

"I think for me, the main thing about Monza was being in the garage and feeling the support I had from the team. It was really nice and I think that’s something a driver needs. We’re a family here and it meant a lot to me. Apart from that, being on the pit wall with the engineers and looking at the data is always useful. You get another perspective on how the cars are performing, where the differences are, what can be improved and so on", he said.

"Apart from actually being in the car, I think the weekend in Monza was the best preparation I could have for Singapore."

Grosjean admitted that he has a large points deficit to team mate Kimi Raikkonen, but has said that he is reluctant to play the role of number two just yet.

"I wouldn’t say that for the rest of the season I’m here just to play a supporting role; if I have the opportunity to reach the podium, or even a win, then I will take it. Of course, I want the team to achieve the best results it can and if you look at the points difference between me and Kimi it would be foolish to think only of my own results".

Grosjean's only experience of the Marina Bay Street Circuit was a fraught one. During a weekend when Renault was dogged by the aftermath of the Crashgate scandal, Grosjean crashed during practice and retired early on in the race in 2009. But the Frenchman is optimistic ahead of his return.

"It’s a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest. In terms of the tyres I think we should be looking good too; it’s always an interesting race, so I’m looking forward to it."

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