Lotus don’t want more crashes from Grosjean

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday 22 March 2012.

Romain Grosjean

Apr.5 (GMM) Pressure is mounting on Romain Grosjean to have an incident free and clean race in China next weekend.

With Kimi Raikkonen also yet to enjoy a fully clean race on his own return to F1, Lotus’ trackside chief Alan Permane is quoted by the Sun: “It would be nice to have a straightforward race with no penalties and no crashes from Romain after the first couple of corners.”

Grosjean, the reigning GP2 champion, has shown strong pace in his return to F1 so far this year, making good use of the competitive Lotus E20.

But in the actual races, the 25-year-old is yet to see much race action in 2012, colliding with Pastor Maldonado in Australia and spinning out in the Sepang rain.

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  • Evel

    And messing up Schumacher’s race in the process – Romain you smiling idiot!

  • justme

    @Evel: Looked like it. I’d like to see a good replay of that incident though since he claim it wasn’t his fault.

    In 2009 when he took off championship leader Button he refused to take guilt which might be the same again here.

    I’ve seen the reply quite a few times but the picture didn’t showed well enough what exactly happened. My opinion from the start and to this moment is that when they came out of the corner in tricky conditions and very poor visibility schumacher had to go off the accelerator because of the car in front of him slowing down and Grosjzan who was tailing Schumi closely was surprised by that and couldn’t respond in time to avoid hitting him in the rear.

    Since they spun almost simultaniously another option could be that
    Schumi spun with Grosjean doing the same by a quick reaction hitting the brakes.