Lotus quest for continuity saved Grosjean’s career

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus F1 Team Principal and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate.Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 29 July 2012.Dec.21 (GMM) Lotus’ need for continuity helped under fire Romain Grosjean keep his job after the Frenchman’s tumultuous, incident packed, return to Formula One in 2012.

That is the admission of team boss Eric Boullier, who along with team owner Gerard Lopez took his time in deciding whether the 26-year-old – derided as F1’s “crash pilot” by some members of the media – should be replaced.

Asked by Switzerland’s Speed Week why Geneva-born Grosjean ultimately got the nod, Frenchman Boullier answered: “Continuity is a significant factor in a racing team.

“Driver changes bring unrest. Take a look at how stable the driver pairings at the top teams have been in recent years – Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren. This is no accident. It takes time and energy to fuse the working methods of drivers and teams,” he said.

As for why Grosjean, who for the second year in succession will be Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus teammate, is the right man for the job, Boullier stated: “Cohesion, courage, speed, freshness.

“And if he develops properly, he can be made not only a grand prix winner, but also a world champion.

“If he develops the way we want, then soon he will be one of the top five F1 drivers.”

Grosjean made many mistakes in 2012, including the Spa start-line crash that saw him serve a rare FIA race ban, at Monza.

“World champions make mistakes,” Boullier acknowledged, “even if that happens rarely. I just want Romain to be competitive from the first race of the season.”

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  • AAX

    Continuity? Then they are willing to continue writing off 50% of their cars next yeart!

  • txarly

    Grosjean deserved a second year. He is fast but lacks experience.

  • RCT73

    That was such a B.S. answer. The truth is that Total money saved his job.

  • McLarenfan

    He is fast but erratic but if I had to chose him or Maldonado I know he would be the one I chose, he is learning but he is also a higher profile driver than Maldonado.

  • Stoner

    Ultimately Eric Boullier is also Grosjean’s manager, So no need to cover up with other BS