Romain Grosjean believes he can conclude his first full-time season in Formula 1 with a top-three finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Frenchman expects his Lotus will be a match for all bar Red Bull and McLaren around Interlagos.
Grosjean has stepped onto the podium on three occasions this season, but since the Hungarian GP in July he has failed to finish any higher than seventh place. Despite this, Grosjean remains optimistic of achieving a good result this weekend given Lotus's recent performances.
"I think if we can keep the momentum we had in Austin then we should be pretty good," he said.
Grosjean showed good race pace in the Lotus E20 at Austin, recovering to seventh following a spin during the early stages of the race. While encouraged by this, he also remains realistic about the current pecking order towards the front of the grid.
"I think Red Bull and McLaren are too quick for us, but I think we have a chance to show good things. Our race pace was really nice in the last race and I think [it will be] in this race again. A podium finish would be nice and that is what I am aiming for."
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is also determined to see at least one of his drivers spray champagne in Brazil.
"The objective is to have one car on the podium at least," he said.