Everyone waits for 'exciting' Singapore - Grosjean


Like most of his F1 colleagues, Romain Grosjean is a big fan of the Singapore race weekend, but the thrill and enjoyment take nothing away from the venue's challenges.

Haas negotiated the last two races - held at low-downforce, power hungry tracks - with mixed fortunes.

While the US outfit and Grosjean were top ten finishers at Spa, the team's pace at Monza appeared to fall off from the outset.

"I think Monza was more just about the drag and the efficiency of the low downforce," says Grosjean.

"At Spa-Francorchamps, there were a few more corners where we could exploit a bit more of the potential of the car.

"So yes, we struggled a bit more in Italy. The pace looked good on Friday, but over the Grand Prix it was a bit more complicated and difficult."

Wings shall be angled once again in Singapore but will the higher-downforce Marina Bay track suit Grosjean's VF-17 better than the high-speed circuits?

"I think it will," he says. "Every time we run maximum downforce, the car seems to work better.

"We’ve got a better efficiency between drag and downforce, so that’s good. The key for us in Singapore will be to get into the tire window.

"If we do so, we’ll be in a good place. But again, that’s not easy to achieve."

Singapore will enjoy a decade of F1 this year and despite its young history, the event is a favourite among members of the sport's community, and Grosjean is no exception.

"I do like the Singapore Grand Prix, I do like competing in the night," he admits.

"It’s pretty good fun. It makes some great footage, and clearly Singapore is one of the most beautiful races you can have by night. It’s pretty awesome.

"It’s actually easier at night because the lights never change. The luminosity is always the same. You stick with the same visor, and driving at those speeds in those conditions is absolutely fine.

"It provides something a bit different on the calendar.  Everyone loves it, especially the VIPs, who then go partying after the race. It’s a special one, for sure.

"It’s a race everyone waits for. It’s a tricky track, and you’re racing at night downtown when it’s very hot and humid, so there are a lot of factors that make it exciting.

"I’m very much looking forward to it and seeing what we can do there."

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