Grosjean hungry for points after reaching Q3 in China

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Romain Grosjean has his sights firmly set on a points finish in tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix after qualifying eighth on Saturday in Shanghai.

The Lotus driver has endured a difficult start to the season, failing to score any points in his first two races despite looking capable of a top ten finish.

Coming to China this weekend, Grosjean was hopeful of a strong display, and delivered it in qualifying to secure eighth place on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

“It was a very tight qualifying session which made it very exciting in the car and I’m sure exciting to watch too,” Grosjean said. “We made some good changes from yesterday which gave me a nice balance and I think that was about the best possible from the car at the moment.

“It’s going to be a long race and I think the key will be to take care of your front left tires. I’m enjoying driving the E23 and I think we’ve found a strong baseline set-up which is important for me.”

His teammate, Pastor Maldonado, missed out on a Q3 berth by just 0.007 seconds in qualifying, and will start the race from 11th place.

“I expect to fight in Q3 but it’s been harder for me so far this weekend than it has in the previous two races,” Maldonado said. “For whatever reason we’ve struggled through the weekend to find the right balance from the car which means I can’t be fully confident to push on this type of track.

“That said, I’m looking forward to tomorrow as we’re stronger on race pace so will be much more competitive hunting down those points we want.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30a ET on Sunday.