“FIRST LAP NUTCASE,” Roman Grosjean has vowed to earn redemption following his torrid debut year in Formula One.
The 26-year-old received a one race ban after his frightening first corner collision in Belgium which was his seventh early incident within the first 12 races of the calendar.
Mark Webber dubbed the young Frenchman as a “first lap nutcase,” following their first turn collision in Japan.
After his return to the track, the Frenchman admitted to driving ‘tentatively’ and his attempt to achieve a perfectly clean race led him to making even more mistakes.
Grosjean said: “As you try to control everything and do everything perfect you do mistakes you normally don’t do.”
However, following intensive talks with Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier, error prone Grosjean has secured a drive for 2013 for the ever improving Lotus team.
The 26-year-old said: “We had very good discussions [with Lotus] – sometimes not easy – but at the end they took the decision that I really wanted.
“I was not sleeping very well but now it is done I can sleep like a baby again and hopefully show them they were right.”
Whereas 2012 will be remembered more for his mistakes, the Frenchman did display his talent throughout the year.
Along with a highly respectable second place finish in Canada, Grosjean also landed two more podium finishes as well as ten race completions within the points
Overall, Grosjean amassed 96 valuable points, a decent tally considering his seven retirements and one race ban.
It was a tally that helped to take Lotus to a fourth place finish in the Constructors’ Championship, a one place improvement on the year previous.
The Frenchman said: “The team gave me the confidence to do a good baseline and really work on next season and deliver what I can do.”
So with his 2013 contract secured Grosjean must cut the errors from his racing if he is to have a future in the world’s most lucrative motorsport.
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