Grosjean: I've worked hard to fix mistakes
9 January 2013 – Romain Grosjean says he has worked hard to eradicate his on-track errors in 2013, having endured a turbulent return to Formula 1 last year. The Frenchman's reputation was heavily tarnished when, following a string of previous incidents, he picked up a one-race ban for causing the dramatic first-corner crash in Belgium.
Now preparing for his second full campaign, in which he is hoping to build upon the flashes of brilliance he displayed during the 2012 season, Grosjean is adamant that despite having ambitious future targets, 'winning at all costs' is not his approach.
"I don't think winning at all costs is the goal, because my dream is to become World Champion one day," Grosjean explained during an interview on French sports news programme Stade 2. "Of course, it is true that you have to win races to become the champion, but I must be careful not to mistake this goal.
"I am not crazy, I am aware of the risks and I have worked hard to fix my mistakes. In the last five races of the season I no longer had any problems and there is no reason to say that I will have them anymore."
Grosjean also revealed that he and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen will equally share the 12 days of pre-season testing, with Lotus's new design set for a late January launch.
"The next few weeks for me will feature intense training, with the presentation of the new car at the end of the month," the 26-year-old added. "Then I will have six days of testing in February and then finally the beginning of the season in March."
Grosjean claimed three podium finishes in 2012, winding up eighth in the standings.