Romain Grosjean is pleased to have returned to form during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix following two difficult races at Spa and Monza.
The Frenchman finished eighth in both the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix despite the circuits working against the strengths of the E21 car. In Singapore though, Lotus appear to have bounced back as Grosjean excelled in qualifying to finish P3 on Saturday, less than two-tenths off pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.
“If we look at how many laps we did in the whole weekend so far, P3 in the qualy is not too bad,” Grosjean said in the press conference on Saturday.
“We knew we were strong this morning. I think we got a little bit caught by the night coming on and it was a little bit less quick than the fast time we expected in Q1 but nevertheless I think the team did a good decision about the strategy and the cut-off and everything, so then we had two attempts in Q3. It’s good to be at the front in this grand prix.”
Having endured a difficult first year with Lotus in 2012, Grosjean has established himself as a regular point-scorer in 2013, claiming two podiums so far this season and scoring points in all of the last four races. Should he continue this form, it is possible that he could lead the team next season when Kimi Raikkonen departs Enstone for Ferrari.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.