Lotus engineer believes Grosjean troubles are over

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean on the Bahrain podium

Romain Grosjean has put his below par start to the 2013 F1 season firmly behind him, believes a Lotus team engineer.

Employed by engine supplier Renault, Brazilian Ricardo Penteado actually works on Kimi Raikkonen’s car.

But after the Frenchman’s troubled start to 2013, culminating in a brand new chassis for the 27-year-old in Bahrain, Grosjean finished on the podium last time out in Bahrain.

Penteado thinks the performance shows that Grosjean has moved on from 2012, when Mark Webber branded him a ‘first lap nutcase’ following a string of crashes.

“I think he can forget about 2012 now,” he told Brazil’s Totalrace.

“His overtaking was all perfect; he didn’t put anyone out,” said Penteado. “It was clean and really showed who Grosjean is — especially his speed.”

“He showed last year that he is a very fast driver, and I would say he can use the systems of the car even better than Kimi. His challenge is to find the right setup, and having a little more confidence in himself,” added Penteado.