Romain Grosjean: “It’s a big challenge at every turn”


Lotus driver Romain Grosjean believes this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix will not only be the penultimate race of the season but also the penultimate of his chapter with the team.

The Frenchman will leave the team after the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month, heading to the new Haas F1 Team in 2016, and is looking for two good results, starting this weekend at Interlagos.

“It’s a fantastic track and there’s no part of it that isn’t great,” said Grosjean.  “It really suits my driving style so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big challenge at every turn. There never seems to have a part where you relax.

“Even the main start-finish ‘straight’ isn’t boring as it starts uphill with some interesting camber, then gradually turns before finishing at the downhill turn one, where it’s so easy to out-brake yourself. It’s an old style track, so very hard to pick out a single element, I’d say everything is pretty good in Interlagos. I love it.

“The fans really love Formula 1 and Formula 1 really loves the Brazilian fans. You feel the passion when you arrive at the circuit and you see so many fans outside and around the track and city too.”

After an exciting race for Pastor Maldonado In Mexico two weeks ago after a race-long battle with team-mate Grosjean, Maldonado hopes for a great race this weekend and is able to put on another good show for the South American fans.

“Interlagos may not have the most impressive infrastructure these days but it is a great, historic circuit,” said Maldonado.  “I really love the track, the atmosphere and the people. Brazilians have such a great Formula 1 heritage and for me it will be great to be at another event where there are a lot of Venezuelans in the crowds.

“One of the great aspects of racing at Interlagos is you can almost feel the vibe of the crowd as well as hear their enthusiasm, even when the rain is falling. Whatever the weather, we’ll be pushing for the best result possible.

“We want to score as many points as possible and we’ll be doing everything we can to achieve that. I’m never scared to race whoever else is after the same points I’m pursuing so we’ll definitely keep fighting till the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi.”