Grosjean hoping familiarity assists progress

By on Monday, March 11, 2013

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Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says that a second consecutive season with the team should assist his progress in 2013.

The French driver returned to the sport in 2012 and despite scoring three podiums, his season was marred by several high profile incidents, including a race ban for the Italian Grand Prix.

"I think consecutive seasons in any category is good from two points of view," he said ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

"The first is with the driving itself; you’re restarting a season so you know the circuits, you know the cars, how a race weekend works and what you should and shouldn’t do."

"Then, there is the continuity with the team, which is another point and one that’s quite important as well. As we go to Melbourne we’ll know the set up we used from last year and we can work from there. All our engineers are the same and the way we approach the data is familiar. From this standpoint we can really work well and keep everything we’ve been learning together. During testing I also had to the chance to run with Kimi’s engineers which was very good. We are a team and we’re working together; there’s nothing that is hidden or not shared between us."

Grosjean also believes he has a strong relationship with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

"Kimi is a good team mate and the relationship we have is ok. We’re both quite quick and we’re always pushing the limits. In engineering meetings and internally we share everything which helps us both perform better on track and when we’re out there we push each other hard, but it’s always with respect and fair play."

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