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Grosjean: First win is just around the corner 02 Aug 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Lotus's Romain Grosjean overtakes Ferrari's Felipe Massa around the outside of Turn 4, but puts all four wheels off the road and is subsequently penalised The car of Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21 is craned off the circuit after he crashed into the barriers at Ste Devote.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 23 May 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 on the podium finished third.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean is optimistic that it won’t be long before he scores his maiden win in Formula One racing.

The Frenchman has had an up-and-down 2013 season so far, but his recent performances in Germany and Hungary - where he finished in third and sixth places respectively - have given him hope of a more successful second half campaign.

“We proved in Germany and Hungary that we can compete right at the front of the grid and I think if we can continue to improve at the same rate we will be looking pretty good for the remaining nine races,” Grosjean said in an interview on Lotus’s official website.

“I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car every time I drive it which is certainly a good sign looking forwards.

“After our performance in the last few races, I honestly believe my first win is now just around the corner.”

Asked to name his personal highlight of the year so far, Grosjean opted for his around-the-outside pass of Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix, a move that subsequently earned him a drive-through penalty for putting all four wheels off the track.

“At the time I thought it may have been the best (pass) of my career so far - but of course with the penalty I suppose it’s not the same,” he explained.

“The podium in Germany would have to be my next choice; not just because it was a great result for the team, but because we were genuinely fighting for the win right to the end which was a pretty good feeling.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Grosjean nominated Monaco, a weekend in which he suffered several accidents, as the low point of his year so far.

“Monaco was not my best weekend, that’s no secret,” he said. “The pace was there, but for one reason or another I just didn’t put everything together when really a strong result was definitely achievable.

“I still owe the mechanics and composites guys a drink for that; hopefully it will be some victory champagne later in the season…”

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