Romain Grosjean: “I always prefer not to have any expectations”

Romain Grosjean - Credit: Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean returns to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez eager to build on his tenth place finish last weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, and on his tenth place in Mexico at year ago while driving for the Lotus F1 Team.

The Haas F1 Team driver enjoyed the atmosphere at the event in 2015, and is looking for a better result this year than tenth, having been a bit disappointed with the outcome last season.

“It was a great atmosphere,” said Grosjean of the 2015 event. “During the driver parade, I don’t think I’d ever seen such a big crowd than in the last part of the circuit at the stadium section. It was an awesome race with a lot of fans.

“I wasn’t really happy with the race in Mexico last year. I managed to get into the top-10, but I thought with the performance we could have done better. We were struggling with the brakes because of the altitude, which cost us a little bit.

“During the race, unfortunately, we don’t get the chance to see the fans. But on the finish lap, after the chequered flag, you really get a chance to see everyone. The podium that was there made for a great image. It looked awesome from the outside.”

Grosjean does not know how the team will perform at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with the venue being yet another new track for the American team, but feels the long straight could help his VF16 this weekend.

“Every time we go to a track, it’s a brand-new track to us as a team,” said Grosjean. “Even when we’re coming from a strong race, the next one could be difficult.

“I always prefer not to have any expectations and see how it goes. With Mexico’s long straight line, that could be to our advantage.”