Grosjean keeps his nose clean
NO FUNNY BUSINESS: F1 crash king Romain Grosjean drove an untroubled race in Korea to finish seventh. Image: AFP
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
YEONGAM, South Korea - Romain Grosjean stayed out of trouble, scored some points and breathed a sigh of relief after a low-key Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday, October 14, 2012.
The Lotus driver arrived in South Korea with the eyes of the world on him after Red Bull's Mark Webber branded him a 'first-lap nutcase' for causing a collision that wrecked the race for both of them in Japan.
TRUE TO HIS WORD
Grosjean had apologised and vowed to keep his nose clean in Yeongam - and he was as good as his word. The Lotus driver, who was banned for the Italian Grand Prix after a collision that pitched Ferrari's Fernando Alonso out of the race in Belgium, finished where he started in seventh place.
Team mate Kimi Raikkonen was fifth.
Grosjean said: "I was a bit nervous starting the race but we did a lot of work trying to understand a few things and it's certainly helped. It wasn't the easiest start, there was contact behind me at turn three, and I took evasive action but after that it was quite straightforward."
Team principal Eric Boullier was pleased with his driver's performance, even if Lotus lost ground in the battle for third overall after introducing a new exhaust system that was supposed to bring big gains.
"It was good to see Romain drive very sensibly despite all the pressure on his shoulders," he said. "I think he's learning from his experience and it will only make him a stronger driver."