Grosjean keen on returning to the podium at COTA

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Romain Grosjean has set his sights on returning to the podium at the United States Grand Prix next weekend after narrowly missing out on a top three finish last time out in Abu Dhabi.

The Frenchman has lost his ‘bad boy’ tag thanks to a string of highly impressive performances that has seen him score three third places in the past four races, and he finished in fourth place at Yas Marina last weekend. However, Grosjean was disappointed not to have secured a fourth consecutive podium finish.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t make it four podiums in a row, but when you remember the issues we had in FP2 and qualifying in Abu Dhabi I think to come away with fourth place is a decent result,” he explained. “On race pace alone we could maybe even have pushed Mark [Webber] for second place, but that’s how it goes sometimes and I think we got the maximum we could from the race.”

Like many of his colleagues, Grosjean is looking forward to returning to Austin for the race following the impressive inaugural event held at the Circuit of the Americas in 2012.

“We’re certainly aiming for the best performance we can get, let’s see what happens,” Grosjean said. “Last year we had a reasonable weekend there in what was Formula One’s first visit to the Circuit of the Americas, but this year I think there’s potential for a lot more.

“This year we have all the data from last time, we’re expecting warmer temperatures and I know both the team and myself are working really well together to extract strong performance from the car.”

Grosjean is widely expected to remain at Lotus next season, with either Nico Hulkenberg or Pastor Maldonado set to be drafted in as a replacement for Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen.