Romain Grosjean: “The atmosphere is crazy in Monza”

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Romain Grosjean is very much looking forward to racing again at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza this weekend.

The Haas Formula 1 driver finished the Belgian Grand Prix in thirteenth closely behind team-mate Esteban Gutierrez. Earlier in the race, Grosjean had been running inside the top ten while those who had been delayed were climbing up the field, but with lacking top speed on his VF16 he was unable to keep the other drivers behind him.

The Frenchman believes the atmosphere is crazy in Monza, with Monza being the fastest track the championship visits, the characteristics allows drivers to reach such high speeds.

“It’s the characteristics of the track, primarily a long straight line with a chicane followed by another long straight line,” said Grosjean.

“Everyone goes for low downforce levels. That’s where we go fast in a straight line. It’s a great track – a temple of speed. There’s always a great atmosphere around the circuit. I’m very much looking forward to racing there again.

“The atmosphere is crazy in Monza. The Tifosi, the fans – they’re just great. The track is in the middle of a park. It’s like nowhere else. There are so many people coming and watching, cheering for the drivers and, of course, for Ferrari. The atmosphere is electric. I love it.”