Grosjean rejoices at Suzuka challenge

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An iconic and unique circuit, Suzuka has always been a favourite amongst Grand Prix drivers, and Romain Grosjean is certainly no exception.

The Frenchman, whose best placing in Japan was a third place podium finish with Lotus in 2013, relishes the fast and technical layout as well, as well as the passionate atmosphere instilled by the enthusiastic community of Japanese fans.

" Suzuka is probably my favourite track in the world and for many, many reasons," Grosjean says.

"Of course 2013 holds a great memory as I led the race for a while. But ainly I love it so much because the track is a massive challenge and also the spectators are so passionate about F1."

When assessing the formidable circuit, Grosjean naturally pinpoints Sector 1, with its incessant and fast change of directions.

"It's unbelievable and after you have finished it you can breathe a little bit…but not for long. There is no margin for error with very little run-off area and the track is quite narrow, especially at the top of the hill. I love it. Every metre of the Suzuka track is special and every metre a challenge."

Following his season's high in Belgium where he finished third, Romain Grosjean failed to see the checkered flag in Italy and in Singapore.

So the Frenchman, who has yet to confirm his signing with Team Haas for 2016, is keen on enjoying a solid run home in Japan with a car whose engineering qualities should line up well with Suzuka's own attributes.

" It's a track that highlights the good aspects of a chassis and it will certainly be a better place to exploit the positives of the E23 than Singapore".

" At Suzuka the driver can also make a difference to some extent, especially through Sector 1, so I will be pushing very hard here to get the very maximum we can."

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