Brilliant this year, the French proved that he had the makings of a candidate for the world title in 2014.
“At this stage of the season, everyone needed vacation and apparently my engine had decided to anticipate his own!” Romain Grosjean had a sense of humor Sunday. Forced to retire due to an engine failure at Interlagos , the Franco-Swiss departed Brazil with zero points. Whatever the ultimate-performance against the balance of the Lotus driver in 2013 was more than satisfactory. Bright same. The numbers are there to prove it. 132 points, a 7th place in the championship 13 times in the Top 10, six podiums, including 4 in the last six races.
Had he completed the previous championship with a sword of Damocles over the head and an embarrassing reputation dangerous driver, protected Eric Boullier of Lotus F1 share this time on vacation with the feeling of accomplishment. “This season has been fantastic for the team. I think we can be really proud of what we have achieved, “says teammate Kimi Raikkonen. In recent months, the pilot has not only convinced his leaders, who still hesitated to confirm there just one year. Mark Webber, who knock out the man by calling him “crazy first round” after the Japanese GP was knighted this time. “Last year, it did not really respect the paddock, but this year is different. He gained experience to become a great Formula 1 driver, “said the Australian Grand Prix after the United States. “It was probably the best race of my career,” confirmed Grosjean, even calling it “the best of the other” in reference to the untouchable Sebastian Vettel.
Because the driver of 27 years is no longer hidden. Early in the season, he dreamed of victory and podiums, but also consistency. Sometimes mocked last year, he now feels ready to play the title. “I am proud of what I did. I’m sure that my first win is not far away. When I do not know, but I am no longer afraid of me see, “he recently launched. “Roman is superfast, maybe even too fast for his car sometimes,” laughs the director stable Eric Boullier, who sees even in “three or four most swift shelf drivers.” Mayenne The leader s ‘however, was worried about her foal relapse in Monaco when he caused a collision with Daniel Ricciardo. “Grosjean was silly,” reacted the future teammate Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull. The specter of a new series of blunders kept resurfacing. But cropping in the days that followed was successful.
Involved in eight clashes last year, Grosjean has indeed made one significant error in 2013, this weekend then in the Principality. A blunder for which he was demoted ten places for the next race. Working himself with a mental trainer, fulfillment in his personal life with the birth of a small Sacha this summer, the 2013 version of Grosjean matured a lot. The conflict between Kimi Raikkonen ( 5th with 183 dots ) and the direction of the team for unpaid wages at the end of the season and the absence of the Finns in the last two races were even able to play in his favor, failing to have been profitable for the clan Enstone. “His absence has helped the team to look a little more what I was capable of doing and give me a little more,” says the driver, who wants above all to highlight “a thorough job” on him itself.
“It’s time to rest a little, then focus to be sure we will have a stable peak next year,” he concluded looking towards 2014. The first pre-season test will only begin on January 28th at Jerez. Meanwhile, it will still set a small detail. For, strange as it may seem, Lotus F1 has not confirmed the presence of its new leader driving a black and gold car. The leaders of the team to fulfill their part this time of the contract.