- Brazilian Grand Prix - Lotus
Grosjean hoping for a dry race
Romain Grosjean admits it will be tough for Lotus to secure a podium finish if the Brazilian Grand Prix is wet.
Having been on the podium at four of the last five races and finished second in Austin last weekend, Grosjean has been central to the constructors' battle for Lotus against Ferrari. However, with both Friday practice sessions at Interlagos being wet he said he would prefer it if the race is dry in order to continue that form.
"I think in the wet we are generally less good than in the dry, but Sunday looks a little bit in between," Grosjean said. "So maybe we are going to race on slicks for a long time and then tyre degradation can be a good thing for us."
Grosjean said he struggled on the intermediate tyre but would try to learn why by looking at team-mate Heikki Kovalainen's data.
"I struggled with understeer basically, so we need to understand where it came from and why I couldn't get the grip from the front tyres … we have a few ideas what to try and Heikki is happy with his car so we will see what the difference was and why I wasn't happy with mine.
"I think with the tyres when you stress them a bit too much and struggle with them to start with they remember and they're just gone. It's the same in the dry, if the first lap is bad because the balance is not right then you carry it over all day long. As we had only one set, on the first run I had a balance that I was not happy with and it kept going with the same problem."