Romain Grosjean: “It’s always a great feeling”


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Romain Grosjean is excited for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, a circuit that he always has a great feeling about and the location of one of his best results in Formula 1 when he finished second back in 2012.

The Haas F1 Team driver finished thirteenth at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix ahead of the Manor Racing duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto. Not a good result after the impressive start he had with the American-led team in his debut, although he was compromised early by an errant Kimi Raikkonen that cost him a number of positions and a a lot of time.

At the Circuit de Monaco, the Frenchman was more comfortable with his VF-16, compared to the Spanish Grand Prix, believing the car reacted much better.

“The car reacted much better to what we were doing, and to my driving style,” said Grosjean. “That was a good thing, and a good direction. We got back to more common settings and worked from there.”

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a semi street circuit and Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli have confirmed that they will be bringing the same tyre compounds as Monaco, Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft to Canada. Grosjean believes the Montreal circuit is still very different from Monaco with a few things bringing brought forward from the Monte Carlo street circuit.

“It’s a city circuit, but very different from Monaco. There are a few things we can bring forward, but not much. I like the whole circuit. I’ve always loved it and really enjoy racing there. It’s always a great feeling.

“Hopefully, we don’t have to manage the brakes too much, which is normally a good thing for a driver. For the setup, you want a stable car for the braking. You also want the confidence to be able to brake late and to not have any instability or locking up on the entry phase into a corner.”