Romain Grosjean has fond memories of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, having finished second at the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix and is looking forward to another strong showing at the legendary venue on the Ile Notre-Dame.
Speaking ahead of the weekend in Montreal, Grosjean said, “I have very good memories from 2012 when I went from seventh on the grid to my first second place in Formula 1. It was a really great day and it was really a strong team result as we used a one-stop strategy to get on the podium after a disappointing qualifying session the day before.”
But added, ” The last couple of years haven’t been so good for me, I had to retire from last year’s race and in 2013 we struggled in the wet weather conditions. As for Montréal itself, it’s a wonderful city to visit.”
“There are obviously a lot of French speakers so it’s like another home race for me, and the fans are so welcoming and knowledgeable. There are also some very good restaurants in Montréal which is always a bonus.”
Like all of his contemporaries, the Frenchman enjoys the perilous challenges of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, “Montréal is in-between a normal circuit and a street circuit. The walls are very close in some places.”
“While other parts are similar to a European circuit. It’s definitely unique and we normally bring a different downforce package for that reason, which adds another unknown factor to the weekend.”
“The circuit is not used for the rest of the year so the grip will change a lot – something we’ll have to adapt to – and the weather can also be tricky. Hopefully it’ll be nice and sunny because it’s a race I really like – and it’s my favourite circuit to race on the Xbox. The last chicane is a notable feature and overall it’s a good track.”
“I enjoy the sensation of being close to the walls. Montréal is different from Monaco as there are some long straights and some big braking moments. The track surface can also present challenges as we’ve seen in other seasons.”
“It will be interesting to see what the grip level is like this year and that will certainly be on your mind as you take to the track for the first time over the weekend,” explained Grosjean.
Last time out at the Monaco Grand Prix, Grosjean was crashed into by Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, and much has been said of the incident since then, but Grosjean is focusing on the positives.
“Despite not finishing in the points, there are quite a few positives from Monaco. The circuit itself is a good test of how a car behaves in low-speed corners, and the E23 worked well.”
We also were able to employ a good strategy to get back into a point-scoring position after the gearbox penalty meant we started pretty far back on the grid. We also showed that the E23 has pretty strong rear suspension, even when attacked by another car,” concluded Grosjean.