Haas F1 Team‘s Romain Grosjean is looking forward to tackling the Silverstone Circuit with the 2017 Formula 1 Cars.
The Frenchman comes to the British Grand Prix after an excellent result last time out at the Austrian Grand Prix, taking an impressive sixth place.
Grosjean now looks forward to the trip to Silverstone for the first time with these new faster, wider 2017 cars.
“I think it’s going to be one of the most exciting tracks of the year to drive” commented Grosjean
“With the new cars, we’re really going to have a lot of downforce, a lot of g-forces through the high-speed corners – which were already really good with the previous cars. Now we’re going to get to another level and I’m looking forward to discovering that.”
“It’s a really cool track, especially the fast part through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel corners. When you have the grip in the car there, you really get the sensation of the g-forces. You really want to get the first part of the flowing corners right. If you don’t, you just lose a lot of time. When the car is very stable and has good balance, you can go flat out and really push it to the limit.”
Grosjean has had good memories of Silverstone in the past with an impressive drive in 2012 with Lotus F1 Team, where he came back from last after a collision with Paul Di Resta, to finish sixth place.
“I remember GP2 in 2009 – I scored the pole position by a big margin, that was pretty good fun.”
“In F1, back in 2012, I had a first-lap incident where I had to change the front wing and from there I just pushed all the way. I remember overtaking Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton through Maggots, Becketts – the high-speed corners. I came back to sixth from being last on the first lap, which was pretty good.”
The French driver also commented on the weather and how it can play a vital part to the race weekend.
“Silverstone is in the UK, and the UK weather is known to be sometimes rainy, sometimes dry.”
“That plays a part. It can change a lot between qualifying and the race, and then even in the race itself. You can also have a good car in qualifying, but if it’s not quite perfectly balanced for the race, you’ll pay the price. That’s where success lies.”