Webber says the 'first lap nutcase' has atoned for his wayward driving

Romain Grosjean walks away from a multiple car wreck he caused last year at Spa

Romain Grosjean walks away from a multiple car wreck he caused last year at Spa

A year ago, Romain Grosjean was labeled Formula 1’s ‘first lap nutcase’, and was slapped with a rare race ban after his crash at Spa-Francorchamps caused severe damage to the title front runners and his own Lotus.

But Mark Webber, the man who dubbed him of the ‘first lap nutcase’ , said on Thursday that the Frenchman has turned it around.

“Yes,” the Australian is quoted by the Russian website Formula 1news.ru.¬†“But he had no other choice. This year he is coping with the problems better, but let’s face it – after last season, [improving] wasn’t too difficult.”

“In Budapest he made a mistake in the situation with Jenson Button, but his overtaking of Felipe Massa was really good,” added Webber.

So, with his Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen strongly linked with a move away from Lotus, Grosjean is expected to stay at the team in 2014 – perhaps even as the new lead driver.

He agrees with Webber that he has been much improved this year.

“Well, a different state of mind, I think I’ve progressed a lot and worked on that and I think the 2013 starts prove that I did my duties,” new father Grosjean said on Thursday. (GMM)

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