Grosjean excited to see Lotus back in the top ten

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After scoring more points in the last two races than he managed in the entirety of the 2014 Formula 1 season, Romain Grosjean feels upbeat and excited heading to next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The Lotus team has enjoyed a turnaround in fortunes in 2015 after switching to Mercedes power units from Renault and designing an all-new car in the shape of the E23 Hybrid.

Due to technical problems on the car, Grosjean was unable to score points in the opening two races of the year, but bounced back to finish seventh in both China and Bahrain, comfortably inside the top ten.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Grosjean said when asked about Lotus’ competition in 2015. “We see some good races with us fighting hard in the pack. Up front we’ve seen some good dicing and Ferrari have shown that Mercedes is not invincible.

“In terms of performance we have achieved a one hundred percent record in reaching Q3 which is a very good result. We could have done more in the first two races had we not had a few issues but I think that we got everything right from China onwards.”

Grosjean believes that Lotus’ strong qualifying form has been instrumental in its success so far this year, and is excited to see the updates that the team is bringing to Spain to try and help him fight even further up the field.

“It’s very good to be in the top ten in qualifying and then play with the strategy in the race,” Grosjean said. “I’m happy with the points we have scored these last couple of races, let’s now get more at every race and continue to improve.

“We’ve had a couple of weeks since Bahrain and it’s only a short flight from Enstone to the circuit so there’s been a decent amount of time for some more developments to the car.”