French driver Romain Grosjean reckons that Lotus is now a big team, having challenged for the win at the European Grand Prix.
Grosjean, who married long term partner Marion Jolles on Wednesday, retired from the race in Valencia with an alternator failure but nevertheless showed encouraging pace.
“I think we head to Silverstone with more confidence. We understand a few more things with the car. It was good to have a really hot weekend all the way through at Valencia as we were able to work on the car and really analyse things. Silverstone is very high speed; I’m confident we’ll have strong pace and that should lead to a good race.”
Grosjean has yet to try the updated Silverstone circuit in a Formula One car, but was quick to point out his GP2 form.
“I won on it in the GP2 Series last year, so I’m not too bad on the track! It’s the same for everybody. It’s challenging, but it has a good feel. It’s one of the quickest tracks of the year. There are corners which are legendary like the Magotts, Becketts, Chapel complex. What a feeling… It’s a special Grand Prix for our team as the factory is very close to the track. It will be nice to see them. They are all doing an amazing job, always working so hard. I will be visiting them after the race and hopefully we can go there with some good silverware to show them.”