Set-up a struggle for Grosjean
Lotus driver looking to get back on the right track in Hungary
By Mike Wise in Budapest. Last Updated: 27/07/12 6:01pm
Romain Grosjean hopes set-up changes can get him back on the right track after the difficulties he experienced at Hockenheim continued in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.
The Lotus driver finished a lapped 18th in the German Grand Prix last weekend after once again getting into trouble at the start of the race - Grosjean losing his front wing after a collision on the opening lap.
He did the same thing again during the opening session at the Hungaroring after this time spinning off the track. Of more concern to the 26-year-old, however, was the feel of his car.
Besides clouting the barrier, Grosjean appeared wild on occasion as he fought his E20 and admitted he lacked confidence in its handling.
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However, Grosjean is also reckoning upon a solution and is confident Lotus can make the necessary changes ahead of third practice on Saturday morning.
"It was not as good as I wanted," reflected Grosjean who was respectively fifth and ninth fastest in P1 and 2. "We had the rain in P2, which is not the best thing, but we still had some problems with the set-up of the car, the confidence, the same as was the case in Hockenheim.
"The good thing is that we've been sitting down with my engineer and I think we've understood a few things as to why we may struggle with this.
"Tomorrow we're going to go back to a set-up change we did in the past to help me and if it gives me confidence back and confidence in the car, and back to where my driving style can get the best of the Lotus, we should be able to fight up front."
Grosjean admitted he had been trying to drive around the problem without success.
"As a driver there are a few problems on the car you can solve with your driving style but others you don't manage to cope with. This is what's happening today," he said.
"I've been trying to adapt my driving style to the issue we have but I'm not able to. But I have something in the pocket and we're going to try and set up the car with that."
Despite struggling in Germany - Grosjean said it was his worst race of the year so - he also said the wrong turn had been taken prior to Hockenheim.
"It came from before," he confirmed. "It's a special track, as we say, with Monaco, Montreal...even Valencia and Silverstone are different types to Barcelona.
"We've got to go back from what we changed in these last races, where we think the problem is coming from and if we're right tomorrow morning should be good."
Grosjean, who currently lies eighth in the Drivers' Championship, was more to the point when asked about his accident, which wrote off a high downforce front wing Lotus are running.
"I made a mistake," he admitted. "I was a bit optimistic on the throttle application out of Turn 7, I got a bit on the grass and lost the car.
"I felt sorry for the guys that made the front wing. Hopefully we can have a new one."