Imagine you've just made a breakthrough. After years of promise tempered by your own errors and mental frailties, it clicks and you start fulfilling your potential. Then, suddenly, having reached your peak, the rug is yanked from under you.
That's exactly what has happened to Romain Grosjean over the past 18 months. After the nadir of last year's Monaco Grand Prix, where he was stunningly fast but repeatedly hit things, Grosjean's performances improved to the point where he was the star of the second half of the season.
His reward was to be lumbered with an uncompetitive car this season.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.