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Interview with Romain Grosjean - Pre 2012 United States Grand Prix

by Team Zigwheels Photos: DPPI Posted on November 9, 2012 20:42 IST 391 Views

Romain Grosjean did not have a great race last weekend, but he looks forward to the 2012 United States Grand Prix with zest and fervor


Romain Grosjean Lotus F1


He’s never been to the States before, so there’s a whole lot more to learn than merely a race circuit, but trackside is where Romain Grosjean’s focus lies. What’s your experience of the US?

I’ve never been to the USA before, not even for a shopping trip to New York! It’s going to be a new experience in many ways. In actual fact, I did try to make a quick visit after the Canadian Grand Prix but there wasn’t time in the end. I’m sure it will be a big journey of discovery for me; a new country,  a new culture and of course of a new race track which is always something I like to experience.


What do you know about motorsport in the States?

NASCAR is of course very famous, and I think we can learn things from the show that it puts on for all the fans, as it’s very impressive. The Indianapolis 500 is another event that everybody knows too. I hope that all the fans we meet in Austin are as enthusiastic as seen at these other events. 


Lotus F1 Team have been around the circuit with Jérôme – has he told you about it?

I’ve spoken to Jérôme so I have a little idea of what to expect. On top of that I’ve worked with simulations of the track, and it’s easy for me to play Xbox when I am travelling so I can get an idea from that too. I don’t think it will be the easiest circuit to learn and there are a few fast corners which look like they will be a challenge. The first corner certainly looks to be good fun.



Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 team



This is the first of the third and final back to back pairing over a nine week period to end the season – how gruelling is this schedule?

It has been hard work as we have travelled to a lot of places. Sometimes you wake up in your hotel and you have to ask yourself which country you are in?! This is the same for the whole team; from the drivers, to the mechanics, engineers, hospitality personnel; everyone. We’re all looking forward to having a rest at the end of the year, but there are an important two races to go; let’s hope we get some more good points.


The last race didn’t go as you wanted…

For me it wasn’t one of the best days, but for the team it was a fantastic day with the win for Kimi. It was the win we were waiting for and it’s unbelievable for the whole team. I was running pretty well and could have finished with good points too. Unfortunately Sergio [Perez] returned to the track in the middle of a battle he was having and he wanted to use the part of the track I was on. There was nothing I could do as you can’t make your car disappear. Sergio was penalised for the incident and it did mean we saw another safety car period. Mark [Webber] was caught up in it too, but he didn’t have any stern words for me this time.

How good was the feeling for the team to finally have a win?

It was unbelievable for the team. It had looked as if the chance of a win was escaping from us, but we’ve kept pushing and the top step was a fantastic reward. Kimi did a fantastic job. The car is there and although this race wasn’t the one we were expecting to win, we did. Hopefully the good results continue, starting in Austin.




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