Grosjean: Psychological treatment makes me a better person in my everyday life

Romain Grosjean is a changed man in 2013

Romain Grosjean is a changed man in 2013

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has revealed that he still seeks psychological therapy as the result of his tumultuous 2012 season that almost ended his Formula 1 career.

Now, the Frenchman might be regarded as the closest challenger to Sebastian Vettel’s utter dominance, having finished second in Austin on Sunday, off the back of a string of impressive performances.

But a year ago, so low was Grosjean’s spirit amid the ‘first lap nutcase’ saga involving a rare FIA race ban, the 27-year-old actually enlisted the help of a psychologist.

“I really like it,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace this week, “and I continue the treatment because it is making me a better person in my everyday life and that also reflects in the paddock.”

Romain Grosjean was accident prone in 2012

Romain Grosjean was accident prone in 2012

Having almost lost his Lotus seat at the end of 2012, which would have seen him return to work as a full-time banker, Grosjean is now clearly leading the competitive Lotus team.

“It is true that if you removed Red Bull, it would not hurt me,” he smiled, according to France’s RMC. “But they use the same rules that we do. They do a phenomenal job.”

Lotus, waiting for the crucial ‘Quantum’ millions, is still yet to confirm Grosjean for 2014, but he has clearly now earned his place on the grid.

“We always knew that Romain was very fast, even too fast – sometimes too fast for his car,” team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by France’s L’Equipe.

Second placed Romain Grosjean walks onto the podium in Austin

Second placed Romain Grosjean walks onto the podium in Austin

“But things have changed now. He has become a father and reached a very high level of confidence, and it shows on the track.

“He is now a damn good driver – I think among the top three or four now,” Boullier added.

“He will begin next year with an even different mindset, as we have other goals for him.

“I think it was a combination of the departure of Kimi and his personal life, bringing a lot of confidence. Maybe it was the trigger for him to take off,” said Boullier. (GMM)

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  • captain tortuga

    I hope we will see a lot from this kid. He has indeed matured nicely, and is a force to be reckoned now.

    I hope he will beat Seb next year, though i don’t really see that as a realistic option, especially when he gets that pus-filled-idiot driving next to him next year. I hope for Grosjean, and for the whole Lotus team, that they can afford at least Perez, The Hulk would be great, .. or even Di Resta in case he loses his seat.. but for sure Lotus will sink like a brick as soon as they take Crashtor and his tainted millions.

  • Spartacus

    There’s a few drivers who could do with some psychological treament, and I’m stating this as a positive suggestion. I believe that Jackie Stewart has for a long time advocated this as well as general driviner coaching.

    One name that springs to mind is Lewis Hamilton.

    However, even when Grosjean was getting a bad reputation if you looked at the causes of his accidents most of them weren’t because of him. Yes, he was involved, but often it was because something else had hapened either to him or just before he arrived on the scene. It was an unfair reputation.

    He always showed the promise of speed and in racing that’s one of the most important characteristics to have. You can often improve in other areas, but finding speed isn’t one of them.

  • Boycottthebull

    A genuinely nice person and one of the few down to earth drivers on the grid. Its sad that the “first lap nut case” tag is something journalist keep repeating even when the article is supposed to be praising Grosjean. I think its an unfair tag that Kimi fans love to remind us of when Grosjean started to surpass him in qualifying and on the grid. As Spartacus has pointed out such therapy could help a number of other drives to maintain their focus, I just hope in the open interview to tell the public about it it that it wont be used by the ignorant to make false claims about his mental stability. I have already seen one such remark. Im sure he will be on top of the podium when Red Bull slip up.

  • ZombieJebus

    Lol, Maldo needs to make an appointment, ASAP!

  • sebolonso

    Mental weak and soft people run at therapy. Not team leaders.

  • Ukwhite

    Watch this guy mate, he is incredible… His only obstacle from now on, and everybody’s is Vettel

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @ Ukwhite, and Alonso and Kimi at Ferrari, and Lewis at Merc… And maybe even Ricciardo.

  • bobw

    sebolonso – Tell that to the millions of veterans who are being treated for PTSD dirtbag!

  • Ukwhite

    IMHO Vettel is the one. Romain is growing and very exciting to watch. I do believe in Ricciardo though, I hardly wait to see how he is performing, I see him as a nice and competitive racer. If he beats Vettel, that is fine with me, but all money is on Seb. Ricciardo’s smile is infectious, how somebody cannot like the guy. Kimi is great because I love him, but I don’t fool myself, his time is up in the new era, and he lacks consistency and quali speed, hope I am wrong. Neah, Alonso and Lewis are not the favourites, never clicked with them. Respect for their work, without hurting anybody’s feeling…