Grosjean: I'm feeling much more comfortable
12 March 2013 – Romain Grosjean says he feels 'much more comfortable' ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, with the Lotus driver eager to put a turbulent return to the sport well and truly behind him. Following a catalogue of first-lap crashes in 2012, the Frenchman is confident that consistency and maturity can be added to his raw pace.
Having been outshone by his more experienced team-mate Kimi Räikkönen last year, Grosjean finished a lowly eighth in the Drivers’ Championship. However, flashes of true speed led him to podium results in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, and he is confident that his increased knowledge of the calendar will enable him to challenge for more in the coming season.
When pressed on his predictions for the opening race of the season at Albert Park, Grosjean was less certain about the prospects of the new Lotus E21 chassis.
"I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot, but I have no answer until we get to qualifying in Melbourne," he added. "We always want to be at the front; that’s the aim, and we’ll do the best that the car can do. As long as I perform to my best then I will be happy."