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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