Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is confident that Lotus will have another good weekend at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix, as he believes that the Autodromo Nazionale Monza suits his car well.
A brilliant 3rd place at Spa left the team feeling thrilled – it was their first podium since the United States Grand Prix of 2013. It also ended speculation about Lotus’ future, and gave the team a boost, and Grosjean says he is still elated by it.
“I still have a massive smile on my face about it,” Grosjean said. “What a race and what a performance from everyone in the team. We have a great car in the E23 and it worked so well around Spa Francorchamps.
“Everything came together so well. I probably drove the best race of my career, but it was thanks to the hard work of everyone at Enstone that I was able to perform at the top of my ability on that day. It felt almost like a race win.”
Looking towards Monza at the weekend, Grosjean believes that his car – Lotus E23 Hybrid – is in fact better suited to Monza than Spa, which leaves the possibility of another podium.
“On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a podium could be possible again!” Grosjean said. “Of course, we don’t know how our performance relative to our rivals will stack up until we get there, but I’m certainly going out for the strongest result possible, as I always do.”
Lotus was addressed by Renault regarding a possible deal for the future, which is backed up by recent reports, suggesting that a deal is close for the season of 2016.