Most drivers name Spa or Suzuka as their favorite F1 circuits. But Romain Grosjean is especially fond of the next venue on the calendar.
The Sepang International circuit, which holds the Malaysian Grand Prix for the 15th time this year, is one the Lotus driver especially enjoys:
“Sepang is probably my favorite track of the whole season. I first raced there in 2008 as part of the GP2 Asia Series and I really loved the circuit. It’s nice and wide, with fast flowing corners and a lot of undulation which makes it great fun to drive.”
“The last corner is a tricky one, but I enjoy everything about racing there. Well, maybe not the heat and humidity, but at the end of the day it’s just another challenge for the drivers! I’m really looking forward to it.”
Grosjean had a disappointing result in last week’s season-opener. The Lotus driver finished tenth, 82 seconds behind his race-winning team mate.
“Everything looked positive after qualifying in the morning, but in the race something felt wrong with my car,” said Grosjean. “I sat down with my engineers to analyze where the problem came from and we hopefully will be able to perform better in the future.”
“The car felt so good at times over the weekend, but then at other times it wasn’t where I wanted it to be. It meant that the race felt long and pretty difficult for me.”
However team principal Eric Boullier felt Grosjean had make life difficult for himself by deviating from the team’s planned strategy:
“We had decided on a two-stop strategy before the race, even for Romain. Unfortunately, when he got stuck in traffic he changed strategy otherwise we could have had a strong result from both cars.”
Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”