Grosjean sure podium repeat possible

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is optimistic that he can repeat his podium heroics at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Grosjean returned Lotus to the podium places for the first time since 2013 in Belgium as he finished in third position, behind Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

With Monza placing an emphasis on straight-line speed, Grosjean believes that the characteristics of Lotus' E23 Hybrid package will aid the squad's prospects.

"On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a podium could be possible again," he said.

"Of course, we don’t know how our performance relative to our rivals will stack up until we get there, but I’m certainly going out for the strongest result possible, as I always do.

"[At Monza] you need your car to be as slippery as possible and quick in a straight line, and in that regard we’ve looked pretty strong so far in 2015.

"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."

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