Romain Grosjean believes that Lotus can bounce back from its double DNF at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago by enjoying a strong race in Hungary ahead of F1’s summer break.
Grosjean has led Lotus’ charge in 2015, scoring 17 points to rank tenth in the championship standings after nine rounds.
However, he has failed to finish a race since the Canadian Grand Prix at the beginning of June. A gearbox issue sidelined him in Austria, whilst he failed to complete a single lap at Silverstone two weeks ago after a first lap crash.
“It certainly was a rather short race for me,” Grosjean said. “Basically the start was okay and it was the usual crowded circuit coming into the corner and Daniel Riccardo had been, shall we say, a little optimistic with his car’s braking ability on cold tires.
“I was able to avoid him with the front of my car, but he hit the rear of my car which tipped me into a spin. Unfortunately this collected Pastor [Maldonado] and the team’s race was over there and then.
“There’s not much you can do when that happens, but you feel a lot of disappointment as there’s your race gone, and for the team to have both cars out before the end of the first lap is gutting.”
Grosjean has set his sights on a return to the top ten at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Frenchman has won at the Hungaroring in GP2 before, and finished on the podium at the 2012 F1 race.
“We’ve gone well there in the past and it’s a track I like,” Grosjean said. “The E23 works well and we seem to be able to extract pretty good performance from it at most tracks we visit.
“The Hungaroring is not a high speed circuit so it won’t play to the strength of our car through the speed traps, but we’ve worked pretty well in the low speed stuff.
“The tire allocation of the soft and medium compound Pirelli is certainly quite a conservative one, but we should be able to go quite well.
“I think if we start the weekend well we could have quite a strong race and bag some more juicy points ahead of the summer break.”