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Grosjean admits to tough Red Bull chase

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Romain Grosjean says Lotus is facing a tall order to try and catch Red Bull in tomorrow's United States Grand Prix.

Despite qualifying in third place on the grid and having a quick car over long runs on Friday, Grosjean was cautious on his hopes of beating Red Bull on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel qualified over 0.8s clear of him and Grosjean said the main success for Lotus was proving it was maintaining its position near the front of the field.

"I think we're doing a good job," he said. "It was not an easy weekend for us; we struggled a little bit yesterday and this morning I think conditions are not so good starting early in the morning. I don't like to wake up early as well so it doesn't make it easy! I think qualifying went pretty well; we managed to get through Q1 on the prime which wasn't the plan but we were quick enough.

"We're quickest of the rest but these two guys [Red Bulls] are very, very quick and we have to still try to catch them. The race is long and we will see what we can do with the strategy and everything. But it's good to be here and good to show that we are still in the front group."

Grosjean also admitted it had been a bonus to find the car was quick enough to clear Q1 on the hard tyre.

"To be honest it wasn't the plan today. After India I think we had to take a little bit of caution as the constructors' is very important for us. It wasn't the plan; we were prime and option but the car felt very good on the prime, the lap time was good and when I came back they said 'That may be good enough' and it was. So an easier time than we knew previously."

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