Romain Grosjean goes into his final race weekend as a Lotus F1 Team driver this weekend in Abu Dhabi, hoping to secure a good result for the team to secure sixth place in the constructor’s championship ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Grosjean feels the Abu Dhabi paddock is amongst the best facilities in the world, and believes the day-night event makes the event a special one to be a part of. Whereas in previous races however, he feels missing FP1 to allow test driver Jolyon Palmer some track time will not be as important as the second session is run when conditions are more suited to those seen in qualifying and the race.
“It’s a good track with very nice paddock facilities which in my opinion are amongst the best on the calendar,” said Grosjean.
“It’s also a very special Grand Prix given that it starts in the day and finishes under lights, which makes it incredible for the fans as they can see through our visors and watch how hard we are concentrating. It’s also pretty good for me as I can get up a bit later on race day!
“The weekend is a bit unusual as it can be difficult to work on car set-up in FP1 and FP3 as conditions are not representative of those you’ll find in qualifying and the race. This means FP2 becomes even more important for both the engineers and myself, which makes it a rather crucial session.”
Abu Dhabi will mark the end of an era for Grosjean, who will leave the Enstone-based team for the new Haas F1 Team in 2016, with the Frenchman hoping to leave with a good result for the team he has called home for many years.
“I’ll be fighting all the way,” insisted Grosjean. “There’s no point holding back in the race or over the weekend. It’s the last time the E23s will be used in race action so I’ll be looking to give my car a good send off.
“The engine will be turned up to eleven, I’ll be racing my heart out and I know all the guys and girls at Enstone want to see a great end to the season.
“Of course the priority over the race weekend is to score as many points as possible, but it will be quite poignant to be having my last meetings, meals, track walk and other things with the team.
“I’ve shared so many good and also so many character-building times through my years at Enstone so we’ll have some good laughs.
“Of course, before I leave Enstone I will make a visit to the factory to see all the people I’ve worked with over so many years. I’m sure that will be an emotional day.”