Grosjean believes Marina Bay circuit will suit Lotus

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Romain Grosjean is confident that the Marina Bay Street Circuit will suit Lotus at next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix as the French driver looks to secure his future with the team for next season.

The F1 circus arrives in Singapore for the first of seven flyaway races that will close out the 2013 Formula One season. The grand prix is the only night race on the calendar, making it a spectacle for the fans and a challenge for the drivers under the lights. Grosjean does believe that the tight and twisty nature of the track will suit Lotus, though.

“It is a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest,” Grosjean said. At the race in Hungary, he ran well to finish sixth despite being slapped with two penalties from the stewards.

Lotus appear to have excelled at the high downforce circuits such as Australia and Hungary, with the team struggling at the last two grands prix – Spa and Monza – that require optimum straight-line speed.

“Certainly we should be able to perform stronger than at the last two races which haven’t always suited our car,” Grosjean said.

Following Kimi Raikkonen’s decision to leave Lotus at the end of the season, Grosjean has been tipped to lead the team in 2014. However, given that he is on a three-race rolling contract, he will need to put in some strong performances at the back-end of 2013 to secure his place at the team next season.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.