Grosjean claims Prost got it wrong

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean on the Bahrain podium

Romain Grosjean has hit back at Alain Prost, after the quadruple world champion said the Lotus driver’s lack of pace in 2013 was due to his “emotionally difficult situation”.

“I haven’t seen him (Prost) this year,” Grosjean said, after putting his early-season troubles behind him with a podium in Bahrain.

“I have a deep respect for what he did but I think it’s easy to speak when you are not here,” the 27-year-old added.

Grosjean struggled with a mysterious problem in Australia, Malaysia and China, leading Lotus to wipe the slate clean with a brand new chassis for the Swiss-born Frenchman in Bahrain.

“We have realised what was wrong,” he told France’s RMC Sport. “There was nothing mechanically broken.

“Honestly, I can’t tell you what it was because it’s confidential, but I said on the radio on Saturday morning ‘This is day and night — this is the car I love’.

“I had asked myself whether it was me, or the tyres, or the car, but in the end it was neither one nor the other, but a combination very difficult to detect.”

Team boss Eric Boullier backed Grosjean’s explanation.

“Well, we found a lot of details that had not been working well in Romain’s car,” he is quoted by Speed Week. “It’s nice to see him smiling again.”

Finally, Grosjean dismissed Prost’s diagnosis that his recent struggles had a psychological cause.

“I think that the fact that you’re able to come back from a very difficult situation proves that I think he was wrong,” he said.

  • McLarenfan

    I have to say Romain drove a superb race and proved he still has speed. If he keeps his car out of first lap crashes Lotus were right to keep him as a partner to Kimi.

  • pokoknya

    Now ask Prost to explain, how could Senna beat him 1.5s to the pole, in Monaco, where virtually you cannot pass on the track (except on the main straight).

  • F1 Neutral

    Maybe Prost can also explain why he got to carry Senna’s coffin, yet a year before, blocked a Senna move to Williams as his team mate …. just so that he could claim an undeserved 4th world title in the active ride car.

    Prost had politics on his side all the time and never wanted to drive in the wet. That’s not a complete racer in my books. He was only truly successful when he had no real competition in the 80’s, and had the FIA in his pocket as their “golden boy”