Grosjean's hopes high for Spa
Lotus driver optimistic double DRS can make the difference in Belgium
Last Updated: August 26, 2012 2:22pm
Romain Grosjean is hoping the introduction of Lotus's double DRS system at the Belgian Grand Prix will provide the final step the team need to start winning races.
Much anticipation already surrounds the likely performance of the Enstone team's E20 car when the season resumes at Spa next weekend, with the straight-line speed-boosting device they trialled in practice prior to the summer break set to make its debut in race conditions.
Grosjean has yet to try out the system on his car, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen having carried out the initial on-track assessments, and the Frenchman admits he is keen to experience it for the first time.
"The interesting device!" he said when asked about the double DRS.
"If it gives me an advantage I'm certainly looking forward to driving with it! I'm sure it will be a good thing, especially if we have it working well.
"Hopefully it gives us an advantage and the race win that we want."
Lotus claimed its second two-three finish of the season at the last race in Hungary but are considered among the favourites for victory at Spa given the expected introduction of their new device and the high-speed corner strengths inherent in the E20.
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Grosjean agrees that Spa should be favourable for the car - but also predicts that many of the remaining circuits this season will also be good for the team's package.
"It should fit the E20 pretty well. The second half of the season looks good in terms of how the tracks should suit the car," he said.
"Hopefully we'll have everything we need to win races. I'm looking forward to it as it's a special track; it's Spa and also I won the GP2 Series title there last year. It'll be good to be back there again."
Grosjean experienced a mixed bag of results during the first half of the season with three podium finishes mixed in with several retirements and collisions. Now ahead of the final phase of his first full season of F1, the Frenchman says he is looking to make further improvements.
"On a personal level, I've learnt a lot from the first eleven races of the year and I'm finding my own balance, finding what is good and what is bad. I've had time in the summer break to evaluate the first half of the year and hopefully I'll come back stronger," he said.
"I'm still a young driver and three podiums so far this year is a reasonable performance. I've been fighting with World Champions and I'm pretty happy with where I am.
"However, I will never be complacent and I'll try to be a better driver at every single race."