Romain Grosjean has set his sights on bouncing back from a disappointing start to the 2015 Formula 1 season at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
After qualifying inside the top ten in Australia last Saturday, Grosjean was forced to retire from the race at the end of lap one due to a loss of power on his Lotus.
The Frenchman’s stoppage brought an early end to the first race of the season for the team after Pastor Maldonado crashed out on the first at Albert Park.
Nevertheless, Grosjean feels that he learned plenty in Australia, and is now focusing on an improved display at the Sepang International Circuit next weekend.
“Albert Park was quite a strong weekend in terms of getting on top of the car, finding strong pace and a good balance and demonstrating good potential,” Grosjean said. “But it was a very brief in terms of race laps – or should I say a race lap?!
“It was unfortunate that our race was very short because of quite a simple issue, but it’s something everyone back at Enstone has been working on. I’m sure we’ll have a much better race in Sepang.”
Grosjean’s retirement was made all the more frustrating by the fact that just 11 cars finished the race in Australia, making a big haul of points possible for Lotus.
However, he has set his sights on getting his first top ten finish of the season in Malaysia, believing that the pace of the E23 Hybrid car make points achievable.
“Our target for the early races is to be regularly in the top ten,” Grosjean said. “We certainly demonstrated that in Albert Park and our race pace simulations were good so if we’d remained in the race we should have finished strongly.
“There’s nothing to suggest this can’t be the case in Malaysia and we really want to start scoring points.”