Grosjean yearning for clean start on Sunday
13 October 2012 – Having hit Mark Webber at the second corner in Japan last Sunday, another first-lap incident is the last thing Romain Grosjean desires in Korea. This time, the French Lotus driver will be starting from seventh on the grid behind Felipe Massa.
With Suzuka having been only his second race back in Formula 1 after his Monza ban for causing the pile-up at Spa, Grosjean came under massive fire in Japan. Now achieving his 14th Q3 position of the year, he aims to be cautious.
“It was a bit strange to be honest,” Grosjean told BBC Sport of his qualifying performance. “Q1 was nowhere but Q2 and Q3 were good. It’s a bit strange to have that inconsistency but it is what it is. Tomorrow is going to be a good day for me…as I say, I don’t need to get it wrong and just need to get through the first lap, for sure.”
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen lines up fifth as both Lotus cars carry coandă-style exhausts, which point exit gases upwards before they curve back towards the diffuser.