Romain Grosjean says he expects the Circuit of the Americas to prove a “challenge” when F1 races there for the first time next week.
Grosjean said he’d discussed the track with Lotus reserve driver Jerome D’Ambrosio who has already driven around the circuit:
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve spoken to Jerome so I have a little idea of what to expect. On top of that I?óÔé¼Ôäóve worked with simulations of the track, and it?óÔé¼Ôäós easy for me to play Xbox when I am travelling so I can get an idea from that too.
“I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think it will be the easiest circuit to learn and there are a few fast corners which look like they will be
a challenge. The first corner certainly looks to be good fun.”
Grosjean is hoping for a more successful race than he had in Abu Dhabi, which ended in retirement: “For me it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót one of the best days, but for the team it was a fantastic day with the win for Kimi [Raikkonen].
“It was the win we were waiting for and it?óÔé¼Ôäós unbelievable for the whole team. I was running pretty well and could have finished with good points too.
“Unfortunately Sergio [Perez] returned to the track in the middle of a battle he was having and he wanted to use the part of the track I was on. There was nothing I could do as you can?óÔé¼Ôäót make your car disappear. Sergio was penalised for the incident and it did mean we saw another safety car period.
“Mark [Webber] was caught up in it too, but he didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have any stern words for me this time.”
The team head into the race on a high following Raikkonen’s Abu Dhabi victory. They marked the victory by producing a batch of T-shirts every member of the team bearing the message “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” – words Raikkonen used to his engineer at one point during the race.
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