F1 is a world without pity says under fire Grosjean

30 November, 2012

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 14 October 2012.Nov.30 (GMM) As the candidates clamour for his Lotus seat, Romain Grosjean has acknowledged that Formula One is a “world without pity”.

“Yes,” he confirmed to the Swiss daily Le Matin. “But that’s normal for the top level. It’s also the case with banking and watchmaking. There is no room for mercy. Seats in F1 are scarce; there are no presents.”

The interview with the 26-year-old took place amid reports that he might lose his Lotus seat after his often impressive but equally tumultuous return to F1 in 2012.

The reports suggest that Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen are being considered by the Enstone based team.

Dropped by Sauber, Japanese Kobayashi’s chances appear to have been boosted by his race seat donation website, which so far has raised € 775,000 to contribute to the budget of his 2013 employer.

The money will be returned to his fans if he fails to secure a seat.

“It has been a huge show of support after a campaign of only five days,” Kobayashi told the AFP news agency.

Finn Kovalainen, on the other hand, appears to have acknowledged that his chances are slim not only of staying at Caterham but of finding a seat elsewhere.

“Outside of F1, there are not many things that interest me,” he is quoted by Russia’s f1news.ru.

“But sometimes I’m a little surprised that more F1 drivers haven’t tried rallying. Let’s see what happens next year. There is life outside of F1,” said Kovalainen.

In the meantime, the Swiss-born Frenchman Grosjean also has his fingers crossed.

Asked what he has learned in 2012, he answered: “A lot. More than what I thought.

“The world of F1 is more difficult than I imagined. When I returned, I saw that there was a mountain to climb.

“And once I started to climb, I saw how high it really is.”

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  • anti kimi

    Bye bye romain grosjean go play bumper kart at gp2

  • Mark Sletmoen

    Kamui would not be a bad choice at all. He can give a master class in passing and has far fewer mistakes than Grosjean or Perez. Pity that the F1 has chosen to favour DRS and pay drivers over race craft.

  • anti kimi

    Not sure about kamui 3 long years with sauber and what he got oit of those 3 years 1 podium lol perez made mistakes just like any other driver… but for sure when perez got the chance for a podium finished he will take it…….perez is a good driver just too many haters

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    KOBA, PASTOR, ROMAIN AND SERGIO ( In Alphabetical Order ) All Reached The Podium In 2012 And All Deserve A Seat For 2013.

    AGGRESSIVE RACERS, FOREVER !

  • Sir Sauber

    @Anti kimi

    You are right, however this year Kamui had 2 great opportunities for the podium or even a win but was crashed by Grosjean on both occassions – Monaco and Spa.

    Overall Perez is the better driver of the two in terms of speed but ultimately Kamui is not a bad driver by any means and deserves another run.

    That said, I would rather Lotus hire Kovalainen. He is too good to not be in f1. Better than any of the above.

  • A41202813@GMAIL.COM

    @Sir Sauber

    Feeling ‘Sarcastic’ Today, Right ?

    HK Was 2 Years In A Top Team – MCLAREN.

    He Got 3 Podiums Against The Most ‘Overrated’ Driver, LEWIS, Who Got 15.

    Go, HAMILTON !

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