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Romain Grosjean: “I’m on the hunt for the points I lost out on in Austin”

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After showing a lot of promise and being close to points in Austin last weekend, Romain Grosjean is eager to get back on track in his Lotus this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix and claim his first points since the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

Grosjean believes the Interlagos circuit in Brazil is one of the great circuits on the calendar, and the Frenchman is looking forward to getting out on track, especially after the improved performance of the Lotus car last weekend in the United States.

“It’s a fantastic track and there’s no part of it that isn’t great,” insisted Grosjean. “It really suits my driving style so I’m really looking forward to it. Certainly, the E22 is getting more enjoyable to drive and the soft and medium Pirelli tyres – particularly the softs – seemed to work well for us in Texas so there’s good potential.

“It’s a fantastic challenge of a track, which 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.

“If I had to pick favourite parts of Interlagos, I would say the first and last corners; the first corner is really technical and punishes you if you get it wrong, and the last corner is so fast and really puts quite a strain on your body. As a driver I really enjoy these corners.

“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!”

Grosjean was heading for a top ten finish in Austin last weekend before an optimistic move by the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne damaged his car and he dropped to eleventh, with the move by his fellow Frenchman disappointing the Lotus driver.

“Points have been so very hard won by the team this season so it was really, really frustrating,” said Grosjean. “I think Jean-Eric was trying to launch his car into space using the hill up to turn one as a launch! I didn’t have anywhere to go and he had all four wheels locked-up going sideways.

“The contact broke my front wing and also some of the floor at the rear too. This made the car quite a handful to drive for the rest of the race. Part of my front wing broke off and was caught on JEV’s car until Toro Rosso returned it afterwards!”

Grosjean is hoping to secure points this weekend in Brazil after missing out in Austin, with the aim to give the whole team a boost as their difficult season comes towards a close.

“I’m on the hunt for the points I lost out on in Austin,” said Grosjean. “It’s been a really long, hard season and scoring any points is such a great reward for all the hard work that everyone puts in. There have been lots of long hours at Enstone this year, and it’s a lot more difficult when there’s no reward in terms of points at races.

“I really want to give something good to the team in Interlagos and also in Abu Dhabi so we can end the year with a positive vibe as we look to 2015 which we know will be a far better proposition for us in many ways.”

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