Grosjean: Lotus E23 Hybrid better suited to Monza than Spa

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Romain Grosjean is confident that Lotus can enjoy another strong outing at next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, believing that the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit will suit his car well.

Grosjean finished last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in third place for Lotus, marking both his own and the team’s first podium since the 2013 United States Grand Prix.

Amid speculation about the future of the team, Grosjean’s result gave everyone at Enstone a huge boost, and the Frenchman remains elated by it.

“I still have a massive smile on my face about it,” Grosjean said. “What a race and what a performance from everyone in the team. We have a great car in the E23 and it worked so well around Spa Francorchamps.

“Everything came together so well. I probably drove the best race of my career, but it was thanks to the hard work of everyone at Enstone that I was able to perform at the top of my ability on that day. It felt almost like a race win.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Grosjean believes that his car is in fact better suited to Monza than Spa, suggesting another big result could be on the cards.

“On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a podium could be possible again!” Grosjean said.

“Of course, we don’t know how our performance relative to our rivals will stack up until we get there, but I’m certainly going out for the strongest result possible, as I always do.”

Lotus is currently being targeted by Renault as a possible new works team for the future, with reports this week suggesting that a deal is close to being struck for 2016.