Grosjean: “Barcelona will be more relevant”

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Jerez, 2013Romain Grosjean was positive but cautious after setting the quickest time of testing so far in Jerez today.

“It feels even better than the start of last year so that’s a good point to start with,” said Grosjean. “But the real answer will be Melbourne.”

He described the E21 as an improvement over last year’s car and said he’d had a “good day” with it. “I tested a few things that we wanted and were on the programme which is good.”

“A few answers from the test, a few things we want to test in the future. So it’s good now to have Kimi [Raikkonen] in the car he will give his feedback and then we will see if we can cross them in and move forward from that.”

He said the cool conditions at the track made understanding the way the tyres were working more difficult. “It’s not easy, to be honest,” he said.

“But I think everyone’s been struggling with the cold temperatures, it doesn’t make our life easy. But a few things that we wanted to test one the tyres and we’ve got a few ideas of what we want to do at the end of the week and the next test. Barcelona will be a little bit more relevant on that.”

Beginning his second full season with the team, Grosjean said he was able to get up to speed more quickly:

“I think it’s easier to start where we wanted to start already with the car, the baseline and the work with the engineers. I kept 80 percent of the same stuff which is good and we know each other very well now. So it’s already a big difference to start the season.”

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