Romain Grosjean: “There’s just something about this place”

Romain Grosjean: “There’s just something about this place”

08.10.2013: After a highly positive Korean Grand Prix it’s straight to Japan and Suzuka, where

After a highly positive Korean Grand Prix it’s straight to Japan and Suzuka, where Romain Grosjean is in a highly positive state of mind. Bring it on…




What are your thoughts on Suzuka?



I know I won’t be the first one to say this, but Suzuka is definitely my favourite circuit of the year. Every driver has races that are special to them for one reason or another – a home Grand Prix, or the venue for their first win maybe – but I think if you ask most racers they will tell you there’s just something about this place that’s a little bit different.


This will be only my third time driving the track, but I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the flag dropped in Korea; it’s simply fantastic.



Why do you think it is that everyone raves about this circuit?



It’s a track that really allows a driver to demonstrate their feel for the car. Not only is combination of corners pretty relentless – so you never really get a rest – but the way the layout flows together means that the smallest mistake can make a big difference to your time.


Get it right, and the feeling is amazing. Get it wrong, and you just want to keep trying again and again until you have it nailed.


Each sequence is challenging in its own way, and you have to find the perfect balance to put a good lap together. Every track has its challenges, but Suzuka is a continuous test of a drivers skills and I think that’s what makes it so beautiful to drive.



And Japan itself?

Suzuka itself it pretty far out from the busier parts of the country, but the people, the culture, and of course the food all really appeal to me, so it’s somewhere I’d definitely like to explore a little more one day. You can’t help but mention the Japanese fans as well; they really are in a league of their own!


Everywhere you look there are people with shirts, flags, crazy hats, and so many other things they have made at home just to show their support for the drivers on one weekend of the year. I don’t think any of us will forget the noise last year when [Kamui] Kobayashi got his first Formula 1 podium in front of his home crowd… my ears were ringing all the way to Korea; it was unbelievable!



Your Race Engineer Ayao Komatsu is Japanese; do you think some extra home knowledge could help you at Suzuka?



I will have to ask Ayao for some special tricks! Certainly I really like Suzuka, the car is looking very good at the moment and maybe Ayao has some local knowledge too. He certainly gets home support so maybe that will help me out on track too.




The Korean Grand Prix was a pretty good showing for the team; you must be pretty happy with your performance?


It was a fantastic result. Of course, one step higher on the podium for me would have been better and two steps up would have been superb. Our battle with Lewis [Hamilton] was good, our pace was great but the safety cars stopped us in our fight for the win. After the restart I should have been in front of Kimi on the road, but it was my mistake which let him past so it was third place on the podium instead of second.



How was it dicing with your team-mate on track, and do you expect more of the same for the rest of the year?



If we’re fighting for the same piece of track and the same position then it means we’re both getting the maximum out of the car, which is a positive thing whichever way you look at it. Obviously we’re both competitive, but our racing has always been fair. I made a mistake in Korea which is why he got past, but this is not something I want to happen again.


The team’s philosophy is always to let us race unless we’re on very different strategies where one driver could hold up the other, and this is the right approach. Let’s hope we have some more battles for podium places and I’ll be pushing to be the one ahead.



You were looking good against Sebastian [Vettel]; do you think you were in the fight for the win?



Before the safety car we certainly had a strategy to push Sebastian, however we don’t know how much he had in reserve. Maybe the potential of getting my first win was quite close in Korea, but you can’t set a time frame on these things; you never know when the win might come…

 

-LOTUS F1  also photo

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/japan-gp-romain-grosjean-suzuka-lotus-f1-driver---116161.html

08.10.2013 / MaP

More News

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Suzuka preview
08.10.2013
 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview Suzuka 2013The Japanese Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2013 Formula One season, takes place at the 5.807 km Suzuka circuit on Sunday 13 October, seven days after the last race in Korea. &nbs more >>
Sahara Force India looks ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
08.10.2013
 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix PreviewVijay’s VisionDr Vijay Mallya sums up a tough weekend in Korea and looks forward to Suzuka. An unlucky race in Korea – when w more >>
Caterham F1 Team Suzuka preview
08.10.2013
2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka, Japan -  GeneralRace Laps: 53 2012 WeatherAir/Track temp ( C): 25 / 37Pitlane altitude (m): 43ATM Press (HPA): 1012 more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Suzuka facts & stats
08.10.2013
2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEWSuzuka Circuit facts & statsSuzuka is one of the oldest and most revered circuits on the Formula 1 calendar. It was built as a test track for Honda in 1962, and its undulating 3.6-mi more >>
Pirelli returns to legendary Suzuka Circuit with hard and medium P Zero tyres
07.10.2013
Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka, 10-13 October 2013Suzuka is one of the most popular circuits on the Formula One calendar, thanks to a thrilling track layout and some of the most passionate fans on earth. This year, more >>
Sauber F1 Team Suzuka preview
06.10.2013
JAPAN Grand Prix 2013  Suzuka15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 11th to 13th October 2013After the Korean GP the Sauber F1 Team continues its Asian journey by heading to Japan, a country with more >>
F1 driver quotes after Suzuka race 2012
07.10.2012
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA CIRCUITRed Bull RacingSebastian Vettel“It’s been a fantastic weekend. Yesterday’s qualifying was perfect and today again, the balance of the car was a more >>
Lotus F1 Team Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
– Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday 07 October                                    more >>
Tyre tactics shuffle the cards at Suzuka to re-open championship
07.10.2012
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has closed to within four points of the championship lead with five races to go after winning in Japan, adopting a two-stop strategy. The reigning world champion, who clinched his second title at Suzuka a year ago, started from pole on the Pire more >>
Vettel wins in dominant style in Japan
07.10.2012
Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won today’s Japanese Grand Prix in dominant fashion to move to within four points of the lead of the drivers’ championship with five races remaining.The d more >>
Sauber F1 Team Japan race review
07.10.2012
Japanese GP – Race – Sunday, 07.10.2012   Weather: sunny and dry, temperatures, 23°C air, 32°C track  Kamui Kobayashi made it – the 26-year-old Japanese achieved the first podium finish of his For more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 wins in Suzuka 2012
07.10.2012
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 1st“It’s been a fantastic weekend. Yesterday’s qualifying was perfect and today again, the balance of the car was amazing. We didn’t more >>
Caterham F1 Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday 7th October 2012   Caterham F1 Team Partner InformationCNN launched its first Asian-language website www.CNN.co.jp in 2000, followed by its Japanese la more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Japan race review
07.10.2012
2012 Japanese Grand Prix: Race  Sahara Force India picked up six points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place with teammate Paul Di Resta coming home in twelfth.  more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka Circuit, Sunday October 7“Good, combative racing; super-slick pitwork; and some valuable points”JENSON BUTTONMP4-27A-03Started&n more >>
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA  7 OCTOBERMichael Schumacher finished the Japanese Grand Prix in 11th place this afternoon, having started from 23rd on the grid. Team-mate Nico Rosberg was forced to retire on the first lap after being hit more >>
HRT F1 Team Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
Japanese Grand PrixSuzukaSunday, 7th of October 2012Weather: Clear skies – Air 27ºC, Track 38ºCRace: 53 laps – Track distance: 5.807 kmPedro de la Rosa     F112-02  #22& more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Suzuka race review
07.10.2012
2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 07/10/2012  Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)Race finish: 10th“It was an eventful race. Immediately at the start, I got bogged down a little bit, but th more >>
Suzuka F1 Race result 2012
07.10.2012
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2012 Suzuka CircuitProvisional Results 1     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     53   & more >>
Suzuka F1 driver quotes after qualifying
06.10.2012
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA CIRCUIT SATURDAY  06 OCTOBER 2012Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel“It was good we got the time on the first run, with the yellow flags coming out later. We had a more >>
The demands of Suzuka lead to unusual tyre choice
06.10.2012
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has taken his fourth consecutive pole position at Suzuka, having also clinched pole with Pirelli tyres last year. Vettel set a benchmark of 1m30.839s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, which has been nominated together more >>
Caterham F1 Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
Japanese Grand Prix - FP3 & Qualifying  Caterham F1 Team Partner informationAirbus produces approximately half of the world’s jet airlinersWeatherFP more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 06/10/2012  Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)Third Practice Session Best lap 1:34.023, pos. 17th, 19 lapsQualifyingBest lap: (Q1) 1:33.059, (Q2) 1:3 more >>
HRT F1 Suzuka qualifying
06.10.2012
Free practice 3 & Qualifying at the Japanese Grand PrixSuzukaSaturday, 6th of October 2012Weather: Clear skies – Air 27ºC, Track 38ºC11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3Pedro de la Ro more >>
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA 6 OCTOBERMichael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg qualified in 13th and 15th positions today for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.• Knowing that he would take a ten-pl more >>
Sauber F1 Team Suzuka Qualifying review
06.10.2012
Japanese GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 06.10.2012   Weather: dry, 25-26°C air, 33-35°C track,  The Sauber F1 Team, its C31 car and its drivers love exciting circuits. Kamui Kobayashi qualified fourth for his home race more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Suzuka Qualifying review
06.10.2012
2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYINGSuzuka Circuit, Saturday October 6th“I’d love to do well in front of the Japanese crowd – I’ll go for the win” more >>
Lotus F1 Team Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
 Spinning Around - Japanese GP, Saturday 06 OctoberRomain Grosjean will start the Japanese Grand Prix from P5 on the grid with Kimi Räikkönen in P8 after Saturday’s qualifying session at Suzuka. Both cars progresse more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
2012 Japanese Grand Prix: Qualifying   Sahara Force India continued to show good speed in Suzuka as Nico Hulkenberg qualified in tenth place ahead of teammate Paul Di Resta in twelfth. The result marks the ninth con more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 Suzuka qualifying review
06.10.2012
Saturday 6 October 2012¬ QUALIFYING  Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:32.136) “It was good we more >>
HRT F1 Team at Suzuka Domo arigato
06.10.2012
Japan is the land of the rising sun because the sun comes up in the east and that’s precisely where the Asian country is, so there’s no better name for it. Simple and beautiful. A way of life that passes on to the day to day life of its people. Because if something is striking over here, apart from the impossible calligraphy, it’s how minute everything is, fr more >>
Suzuka F1 Qualifying results
06.10.2012
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2012  Suzuka Circuit1     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:32.608    1:31.501    1:30.839     more >>
Suzuka F1 Practice 3 results
06.10.2012
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2012  Suzuka Circuit   1     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:32.136         172   more >>
Tyre management vital at the most demanding track of the year
05.10.2012
The Japanese Grand Prix puts the biggest energy loadings through the tyres all year, with the two P Zero compounds that have been nominated for Suzuka – P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft – taking to the track for the first time during the two f more >>
Suzuka F1 driver quotes after Friday practices
05.10.2012
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA CIRCUIT  FRIDAY  05 OCTOBER 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber“It was a nice change to get some good weather; it’s been the first dry weekend for a while. We have plenty to go through this evening, it was a smooth one for us today and we completed all the runs we wanted to. It’s a more >>
Suzuka F1 Practice 2 results
05.10.2012
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20121     2     Mark Webber     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:32.493         342     4 &nbs more >>
Suzuka F1 Practice 1 results
05.10.2012
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20121     3     Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes     1:34.507         202     4 &n more >>
The Japanese Grand Prix from a tyre point of view
03.10.2012
 Suzuka, 5-7 October 2012Paul Hembery: “Hard-soft combination for more strategies at Suzuka” What’s the story?This year, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Ye more >>
Renault Sport F1 Suzuka preview
03.10.2012
JAPANESE GP 2012  After a spectacular Singapore GP, the FIA Formula One World Championship stays in the Far East for the next round of the 20-event series. The ever-popular Japanes more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright