Salo says error prone Grosjean will hurt someone else or himself

30 May, 2013

Familiar sight at Monaco was Romain Grosjean's damaged Lotus

Familiar sight at Monaco was Romain Grosjean’s damaged Lotus

Accident prone Romain Grosjean’s days in Formula 1 could be numbered, according to former driver and Finnish pundit Mika Salo.

Having apparently put his ‘first lap nutcase’ troubles of 2012 behind him, the Frenchman was back in the wars in Monaco, crashing no fewer than four times.

He will have to move ten places down the grid in Canada due to the crash with Daniel Ricciardo, reinvigorating reports his days at Lotus are numbered.

“It’s hard to say what Lotus will decide, but he is causing a lot of damage and losing a lot of points, which is not what the team needs financially,” Salo told MTV3.

“Soon, he will hurt someone else or himself,” the former Sauber driver warned.

“Grosjean is incredibly fast, but too prone to error for this series. He’s had enough years to practice, but there comes a time that this is not the place to practice anymore.”

Also under the microscope after Monaco is Sergio Perez, whose controversial driving attracted the ire of prominent rivals like Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and even his own McLaren teammate Jenson Button.

Jean-Eric Vergne, the Toro Rosso driver, was also unimpressed.

“To be honest, I get no pleasure from the misfortune of other drivers, because it’s also happened to me,” the Frenchman is quoted by Auto Hebdo.

“But if I did have a comment, I would say that Sergio has not had bad luck, I think he went out (of the race) because he wanted to. Or at least he seemed to try his best.

“I think the word bad luck is more applicable to Daniel (Ricciardo), when Romain (Grosjean) crashed into him!” (GMM)


  • El Mexicano

    It’s sad to see some reactions. In the case of Grosjean who is Mika Salo to condemn his future? In the case of Vergne, who is he to judge Perez? He is a mediocre driver in his way out of F1 and he was far,far,far away during the race to see Checo race. Checo and Adrian spiced a very dull race as they tried hard to earn a good result. Checo need to learn from the results of being over ambitious but he is a gifted driver very quick and yet good with the tyres. He will overcome the mistakes and will be at the top in 1 or 2 years. Vergne enjoy the time you still have in F1 since it’s likely you will be joining Alguersauri, Buemi and many other ex RB in other minor categories…..

  • Larry Thorne

    Perez will get a punch in his face if he continues his stupid tricks.

  • CHL

    I have thought much less of Sauber since they let Kamui go for a pay driver. He would hit the ground running at Lotus and would be a much better choice than the current lettuce head (Romain)! Chaco will settle down after a while. The British just don’t know how to manage a Latin temperment. Whitmarsh just doesn’t have a clue. Look what happened to Montoya a few years back. I don’t think that
    Ross or Sir Frank ever really understood Reubens either. F-1 is just too British. Thank God for Ferarri!!!

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