Romain Grosjean says he is far from disappointed about how the first half of his Formula 1 season has gone, although his Lotus team is still chasing its elusive first win of the campaign.
The former Renault team has come close to claiming a triumph several times this season, but its best result remains the second places that Kimi Raikkonen and Grosjean have delivered. Despite having had the potential to do more, though, Grosjean sees no reason to be unhappy with the way 2012 has panned out so far.
"In Jerez testing we were very quick," he said, reflecting on his first run in the car. "Day one doesn't mean much, but we knew the car was well born: we could trust it and push it to the limit. There were no silly things and it was quite easy to drive. If they had told me I was going for two podiums in the first seven races I would have signed straight away, so I think we are happily surprised with the car."
Although Lotus is still chasing that first victory of 2012, Grosjean thinks the team only needs to keep working in the way it has so far and one of its drivers will come out on top in time.
"We are trying to get the best of everything we have and working hard," he said. "If you work in a good atmosphere, it gives you extra power to work more.
"We have been working, we have been always there, always at the front, always fighting for good positions, and now we are trying to get the extra bit to go for the win. If we keep working as well, doing and learning, then we can get it."