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Grosjean still not satisfied

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Romain Grosjean says he and Lotus are not yet satisfied with their results this season, despite showing plenty of promise at the last two grands prix.

Grosjean is currently eighth in the drivers' championship and has scored solid results at the last two rounds with a podium in Bahrain and a fourth place finish in Spain. The Frenchman said the team's consistency has been promising but that the he and the team are still capable of more.

"I think we can be quite happy with the result [in Spain]. Not satisfied, but happy," he said. "Both cars in the top four is good for the team and good for the championship. It's good for me as well to finish another race, and to gain some more experience at the front of the field. We have also shown ourselves to be one of the most consistent teams in the paddock, which is a very good strength. We can still improve our car and that's what everyone is working hard for."

But despite the high expectations, Grosjean is feeling comfortable in Formula One this season.

"It's nice, for sure. That's why we enjoy Formula One: for the pressure, for the bad news but sometimes the good results. It is all of these up-and-downs that make it special. Honestly I enjoy the life in Formula 1. I hope I can stay here for a while because this is where I feel quite happy professionally. I hope one day I can have my first victory, then more and then win the world title."

This year's Lotus has been competitive on high-speed circuits, but Grosjean said there is no way of knowing whether it will suit the unique characteristics of Monaco next weekend.

"Well this is what we will discover. I think Monaco is a specialist track and it's very difficult to say if a car will suit there or not. It's bumpy on the straights and it's a very low grip track surface. All these things mean that you never know what to expect. On a more normal racetrack you know more what you are going to have. I hope we will have a pleasant surprise and that the car will suit Monaco's unique challenges. That would be nice."

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