Romain Grosjean is looking for his first points since the Russian Grand Prix and his first ever points at the Red Bull Ring when the Haas F1 Team driver tackles the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Frenchman admits to liking racing around the Austrian circuit, with its two distinctive sections, while the mountains surrounding the track reminds him of Switzerland.
“It’s a funny place to race being in the middle of the mountains,” said Grosjean. “The circuit is very short. The lap time is almost like Monaco. There are some overtaking opportunities. I like going there, and the surrounding area looks a lot like Switzerland.
”I quite like the middle sector. There are medium-to-high speed corners. The track, in general, has two very different parts. You’ve got turn one and turn two, which are very similar. Both are 90-degree turns with big braking and long, straight lines. You’ve then got the second part which is more flowing.”
Grosjean believes warmer temperatures should benefit the team with its tyre issues that have cost the Frenchman the opportunity to score points in recent races, but believes that once the issues with tyres is solved, they should be back competing for top ten finishes once more.
“Some of the races we’re now going to should be better for us,” said Grosjean. “We still need to work on getting the best out of the tires when it’s cold. We have some graining issues as well, but we’re still a brand new team and we haven’t had many options to try different things.
“We’re going in a good direction even though we haven’t scored points in a while. I still think everything is going the way it should and when it eventually all comes together, it’s going to be great.”