Romain Grosjean believes Lotus have made a significant step forward with their car.
Grosjean carries a ten-place grid penalty into the Canadian Grand Prix following his collision with Daniel Ricciardo in Monaco. But he believes there were “positives” in the last weekend as well:
“The positives are that we significantly improved the car again to make it more predictable over the weekend and that helped me a lot,” he said.
“I think we had the pace to be in the top three, but unfortunately we didn?óÔé¼Ôäót get the qualifying position we wanted and it?óÔé¼Ôäós almost impossible to move up the order in Monaco.”
Despite is penalty Grosjean hopes he can repeat his best-ever result of second in last year’s race at a track which, like Monaco, offers little room to make mistakes:
“I enjoy the sensation of being close to the walls; although as I learnt this year in Monaco I don?óÔé¼Ôäót enjoy the sensation of being too close to the walls,” he said.
“Montreal is different from Monaco as there are some long straights and big braking moments. The track surface can also present challenges as we?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen in past seasons, so it will be interesting to see what the grip level is like this year.”
Lotus’s trackside operations director Alan Permane said the team will make relatively minor changes to the car for the race, with a bigger update to follow at the next round:
“We have a revised aero package, with track specific front and rear wings as well as an update to the floor,” said Permane. “There aren?óÔé¼Ôäót too many changes for this race, but looking ahead to the subsequent Grand Prix we have a revised bodywork package for Silverstone.”
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