Romain Grosjean's attitude key factor in 2013 Lotus F1 extension

Romain Grosjean's acceptance that he needed to change his ways in Formula 1 was a key factor in helping him convince his Lotus chiefs to keep him for next year, AUTOSPORT has learned

Romain Grosjean's attitude key factor in 2013 Lotus F1 extension

Team principal Eric Boullier has revealed that Grosjean's on-track incidents had weighed heavy in the team's decision about his future - but that the French driver's willingness to learn and improve helped convince it that he was worth sticking with.

Boullier made it clear that if Grosjean had displayed a negative attitude - or refused to revise his approach - then he would have been dropped.

Click here to read F1 Editor Edd Straw's analysis of why Lotus is right to keep Grosjean

"Definitely it would have been different," Boullier told AUTOSPORT, when asked about what the outcome would have been if Grosjean had not been ready to listen.

"He clearly showed us, with some feedback from the engineers in the teams, that everything he was taught - and everything he learned - was applied in his understanding of what is a complex matter.

"He definitely proved to us that he wanted to do well and it was really clear."

Boullier said he received the go-ahead from the team's owners after the final race to seek the best driver he could as partner to Kimi Raikkonen - and that Grosjean left everyone in no doubt he was the right man.

"There was a clear strategy from the board to push with two fast drivers so we can be a top team - which means fighting in the top three and going for more wins.

"Once we agreed on the strategy, there were some good feelings with Romain but also reservations when you take into account the different aspects of his season.

"For [team owner] Gerard Lopez it was important to understand and get feedback about why he [Grosjean] could not deliver as much as we wanted this season. For the medium and long term, we needed his understanding to know where we wanted to go.

"And he applied himself very carefully - and the team was happy with the process. He was often in the wrong place on the track, although it was not always his fault, but we needed his feedback to know he understood what we wanted.

"After that, the decision was obvious."

Boullier is convinced that Grosjean will return in 2013 a stronger driver - and back to his best form after a difficult end to the campaign.

"Being back in F1, it is clear that you need some time to settle as testing is very limited now.

"It was clear that he lost a little bit of ground after Spa, because of that decision to give him a race ban, but he showed on a couple of occasions after that about how good he is. We believe in him."

shares
comments
Sebastian Vettel never doubted Brazil GP pass despite controversy

Previous article

Sebastian Vettel never doubted Brazil GP pass despite controversy

Next article

Charles Pic believes Caterham is under no pressure to score in 2013

Charles Pic believes Caterham is under no pressure to score in 2013
Load comments
French Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

French Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The French GP was a weekend decided by tiny margins both at the front of the field, as Red Bull inflicted a comeback defeat on Mercedes, and in the battle for the minor points places. That's reflected in our driver ratings, where several drivers came close to a maximum score

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes Plus

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes

The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull

The new age of sponsorship facilitated by F1’s relevancy push Plus

The new age of sponsorship facilitated by F1’s relevancy push

The age of the high-profile title sponsor is over, says JONATHAN NOBLE, but Formula 1’s commitment to technological innovation is attracting high-tech partners

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2021
How Britain’s lost Ferrari star epitomised a bygone F1 era Plus

How Britain’s lost Ferrari star epitomised a bygone F1 era

The 1956 Italian Grand Prix was over for Juan Manuel Fangio, along with his hopes of winning the world championship – until his Ferrari team-mate (and title rival) voluntarily surrendered his own car so Fangio could continue. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls Peter Collins, a remarkable sportsman

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2021
The 'surprise' Mercedes time that puts F1's victory fight back on a knife-edge in France Plus

The 'surprise' Mercedes time that puts F1's victory fight back on a knife-edge in France

Red Bull led the way after the first two practice sessions for the 2021 French Grand Prix, but only just ahead of Mercedes. There was all the usual practice skulduggery complicating the performance picture, but one aspect seen at the world champion squad gave it a ‘surprise’ lift, as it looks to leave its street-circuit struggles firmly in the past

Formula 1
Jun 18, 2021
How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working Plus

How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working

After its worst campaign in 40 years, the famous Italian team had to bounce back in 2021 – and it appears to be delivering. Although it concedes the pole positions in Monaco and Baku paint a somewhat misleading picture of its competitiveness, the team is heading into the 2022 rules revamp on much stronger footing to go for wins again

Formula 1
Jun 18, 2021
The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Plus

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

Formula 1
Jun 17, 2021
The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021 Plus

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Formula 1
Jun 16, 2021