Romain Grosjean hopes that he can remind the Formula 1 community of his ability at next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as he bids to bounce back from a disastrous 2014 season.
Following impressive campaigns in 2012 and 2013, Grosjean and Lotus struggled last year as the Renault-powered E22 car restricted the Frenchman to just eight points from 20 races – 124 less than he scored in the previous season.
However, since switching to Mercedes power units for the new year, Lotus appears to be in better shape after an impressive showing in pre-season testing last month.
Grosjean heads to the first race of 2015 in Australia with a spring in his step, and he hopes that he can remind the paddock of his ability this year.
“This season will be very much about reminding people how good Lotus F1 Team and Romain Grosjean can be,” Grosjean said. “People have very short memories in Formula 1 and it’s true we had a tough fight for results in 2014 so some people have forgotten the performance we showed in 2013 and 2012.
“We have a lot more potential for strong results this season so we’ll be pushing to show that at every race, and what better a place or time than at Albert Park?”
Grosjean has only finished the first race of the year once in his three seasons in F1, but the Frenchman hopes that he can buck this trend and make a good start in the race on March 15.
“It’s the nature of motorsport that results don’t always go your way, but we’re approaching this race like any other,” Grosjean said. “It’s one race in twenty, but it’s always nice to start the season with a strong result, let’s hope we can get that in 2015.”
Grosjean will be partnered at Lotus by Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado once again for the 2015 season.