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2013-05-02 11:43

BETTER DAYS: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has put his troubled 2012 season behind him as it showed during the Bahrain GP on April 21 when he took third place on the podium. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Romain Grosjean has put his troubled start to the 2012 season firmly behind him, according to a Lotus team engineer.

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

After the Frenchman's troubled start to 2012, culminating in a new chassis for the 27-year-old in Bahrain, Grosjean finished on the podium last time out in Bahrain.


Penteado thinks such a performance shows 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. It was clean and really showed who Grosjean is - especially his speed.

"He showed in 2012 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 set-up... and having a little more confidence in himself," said Penteado.

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