With two third place finishes in his last two races in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean is looking to make it three in a row this weekend.

That is, despite the Lotus man's disappointing start to the Formula One season, in which he has recorded only a retirement and an 11th place finish from the first two meetings.

But the 27-year-old is confident of positive results coming his way.

Romain, speaking to Crash.net said: "There are some encouraging signs. We know we have a lot of work ahead, but we also know which areas to work on. We will try new things in Bahrain and I'm confident the car will be better.

“To make major progress we need more days like Saturday and Sunday in Malaysia, where we learned a lot about the car."

Alongside his two previous podiums in Bahrain, Grosjean has won at the circuit on his way to winning the GP2 Asia series (for the first time) in 2008.

“It's a good track and I'm happy to go back there. Twice I've raced there in Formula 1 and twice I've been on the podium. So that's a good record! We were not very successful in the pre-season tests, but hopefully there will be some more updates and performance from our side.”

This weekend's race in Bahrain will be the first time it has taken place as a night race, joining Singapore and Abu Dhabi as the only other venues where the floodlights are used.

"I'm especially looking forward to the first night race at a circuit I like.

“I'm sure everyone is going to work hard even though there are just a few days before Bahrain. The race finish at Sepang is a big encouragement. No matter what the challenge, we are aiming for podiums and strong performances wherever we go.”

Grosjean finished last season as the seventh best driver with 132 points accumulated, with six podium finishes and some impressive performances.

It was a breakthrough campaign to some extent after he had taken much criticism for some erratic and irresponsible driving in seasons gone by. Those mistakes are no longer an issue and with experience he is turning into one of the top drivers in the field.

But neither Grosjean or his new team mate, Pastor Maldonado have scored a point for Lotus this year so far. It looks as though the car is not as competitive as before with the development taking some time due to the new, extensive regulations.

Though if the team do find a respectable level of pace, Grosjean will surely be back up there amongst the points and chasing podiums, looking to match the constructors’ fourth place finish of 2013-  though that will be a struggle.

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