Grosjean: I made rookie mistakes wanting the first win at all costs
28 December, 2012
Romain Grosjean thinks that he is ready to take a more mature approach to Formula One, after an incident packed season which tarnished his image and almost cost him his place with the Lotus team for 2013.
By mid-season, he had proved his speed with three podiums, but the 26-year-old also became the subject of intense criticism for repeat mistakes, culminating in his ultra-rare race ban following the Spa-Francorchamps start crash.
After a period of speculation about his seat, Grosjean has been signed for a second consecutive full season in 2013.
“I had figured F1 was hard, but not that much,” he admitted to Sport24. “Gradually I realised that the difficulty of the challenge was at least a multiple of two compared to what I knew at the beginning.”
“Yes, I made rookie mistakes for wanting to do things too quickly – for example, I wanted to get [Lotus'] first win at all costs.
“I hope I’ve learned now and grown up although there is still work to do,” added Grosjean.
“I expect a different pressure now; I cannot commit the same mistakes over and I’ll try to score points as often as possible.
“I hope to demonstrate the same pace as this year but be more consistent.
“In terms of the standings, I would rather not set any targets – that would be another mistake,” he concluded. (GMM)
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