Sep 29, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
Romain Grosjean has said that he is feeling positive heading into next weekend’s Korean Grand Prix after running well in Singapore last time out before being forced to retire due to an engine problem.
The Lotus driver had qualified an excellent P3 on Saturday, and he was well placed in the race after opting to run on a different strategy to the cars around him. Despite not finishing the race, Grosjean is confident that he proved that he has the pace to trouble the front-runners at the Korean International Circuit next weekend.
“I’m feeling pretty positive,” he said. “We had a good car in Singapore and we should have a good car in Korea. Qualifying in the top three so late in the season shows that we still have good strength in our package, so if we can show comparable pace at the next few races it’ll be a real strength for us.”
This race is the first of three back-to-back double-headers that will see drivers complete six races in the next eight weeks, finishing in Brazil at the end of November. Having recently become a father, Grosjean admitted that this was not an ideal set of races, but he does enjoy having the events come in such quick succession.
“The back-to-back races can be quite tiring, but equally they work pretty well logistically as we stay on a similar time zone for a couple of weeks; certainly with Korea and Japan,” he explained. “It’s also quite nice to be able to see some of the countries we visit with a little bit of time between the races. It’s not so nice to be away from your family of course, but it makes for an interesting end to the season with the six races so close together.”
Grosjean is set to stay at Lotus in 2014, with Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa in the running to join him at the team after it was confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving at the end of the year in favor of a return to Ferrari.
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