Grosjean admits he was nervous at start
15 October 2012 – Having received more severe and widespread criticism for hitting Mark Webber at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean has admitted that he was highly apprehensive ahead of the start in Korea on Sunday. Ultimately, the Franco-Swiss Lotus driver enjoyed a clean race to seventh place from the same starting position.
“For sure, I was a bit nervous starting the race today, but we did a lot of work this week trying to understand a few things and it’s certainly helped,” he explained. “It wasn’t the easiest start; there was contact behind me at Turn 3 and I took evasive action, but after that it was quite straightforward.
“I struggled on the last set of tyres as I had graining straight away, meaning the performance was not great during the final stint. Maybe we could have achieved one place better – I think I now know every detail of Force India’s car after spending so much time battling with Nico (Hulkenberg) – but I’m happy to make it to the chequered flag after a good, clean race.”
From 16 race weekends so far this year, Grosjean has qualified in the top ten 14 times and picked up points on eight occasions.