Grosjean making extra effort to avoid crashes
9 October 2012 – Since the Japanese Grand Prix, when Romain Grosjean was involved in another first-corner incident, the Franco-Swiss has reviewed the situation with his Lotus team. This time, contact came at the second corner with Mark Webber’s Red Bull.
“Since Singapore, I’ve been trying to be really cautious at the starts and it’s been all the more frustrating to be involved in an incident in Japan,” Grosjean had said at Suzuka.
“When approaching the first corner, I was watching Sergio (Pérez) on my left to make sure there was no contact with him. I didn’t expect such a big speed difference between Mark and I braking into the corner, we collided and that was it.”
Having dubbed the moment ‘a stupid mistake’ and personally apologised to Webber when the Australian saw him after the race, Grosjean – who was banned from the Italian Grand Prix for causing the La Source pile-up in Belgium - stresses that he is continuing to make an extra effort to avoid such collisions early on in races.
“I’ve sat down and looked at things again with the team,” he adds. “For sure it’s still an area we need to improve. We’re clearly focusing on this area for the next races.”