Romain Grosjean: “A podium finish would be fantastic”

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado had a strong qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Lotus F1 Team duo qualifying fifth and sixth on Saturday.

Grosjean was happy to get so high up the grid, and was happy that the form he had showed throughout the weekend continued into qualifying. He admits that he would like to finish on the podium, but would be happy to get into the top five for the first time all year.

“It’s great for the team, we’ve been competitive since our first lap here this weekend; staying in the top seven all the time,” said Grosjean.

“The car’s been feeling great today; P1 in Q1, P3 in Q2 and finally P5 to start tomorrow. I think everything has been working very well and it’s good that both cars are up there.

“Tomorrow it’s a tough race, for the brakes definitely, but generally too so we need to care of that but it’s the same for everyone. A podium finish would be fantastic – we can hope – but a top five will be really great. We’ll do our best as always and we’ll see how we get on.”

Team-mate Maldonado will start alongside Grosjean on the third row, and will be aiming to score his first points of the season. The Venezuelan feels that the race pace has been Lotus’ strong point so far this year, and he hopes this continues in Canada.

“That was not too bad,” reflected Maldonado. “We were expecting this kind of result after yesterday’s practice.

“The performance of the car here seems to be slightly better than at the other tracks. It may be due to a characteristic of our car for this kind of track with the slow corners and very long, fast straights.

“It’s positive for the team to have both cars on the third row. It’s a long race, we have good pace but the others are competitive too. Normally, we have better pace in the races than in qualifying which is encouraging. We’ll do our race, push hard as always and hopefully get a good result.”