Grosjean: I'm one of the best drivers in F1
18 December 2013 – Romain Grosjean has said he is proud of what he achieved in 2013 and he reckons he has now proven he is one of the top drivers in F1.
“I think I have proven that I am part of the best drivers and that's how I consider myself,” he confirmed to ESPNF1.com.
“It took some work and some painful time to get there, but I am now proud of what I am doing and I don't think I can do more.”
Twelve months ago it was a very different situation and the Frenchman ended 2012 very much under a cloud after a series of opening lap crashes in the latter part of the year. That meant he went into 2013 under pressure, although he turned things around. Indeed he took six podiums in total this season – four of which came in the final six races.
“I was probably the one that was the most negative about myself,” he continued. “I hate not being able to do what I want to be able to do and it was hard. It wasn't nice to read those comments, but that was not what was worst, the worst was to not be happy with what you are doing.
“Right now I am glad because I'm very happy with what I am doing and it's always nice to be able to read those nice comments.
"But it's mainly with yourself that you need to be happy.”
Pressed on if he can now take up the mantle of number one and lead Lotus in 2014, Grosjean has no doubts: “The team knows me and I know them very well. I feel at home at Enstone and I feel at home when I am with them, and we do enjoy our time together. We work hard and we are always able to say things face-to-face, which is important when I'm not driving well, and the times when I'm not happy with something I tell them. That relationship allows us to step up and I think they are ready for me to be the leader and I am ready to be the leader,” he concluded.