|Born||April 17, 1986||Nationality||French|
|Team||Lotus||F1 Debut||Europe 2009|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||1|
Lotus left it late, but one week before Christmas came the news that they had decided to retain Romain Grosjean’s services for 2012 – despite what might be called an erratic first full season in Formula 1.
Let’s look at the positive side of the ledger first: three podiums in Bahrain, Montreal and Budapest, a fastest race lap in Barcelona, and 96 points en route to eighth place in the Drivers’ Championship.
On the other hand… how many of us will remember those figures and forget the spectacular impact the 26-year-old Swiss-born driver with French nationality made in other ways?
He was at the centre of the first-corner fracas in Monaco; later in the year he earned the wrath of Monaco winner Webber when he took the Aussie out at the second corner in Suzuka.
Most dramatic of all was his first-corner lunge at Spa-Francorchamps that sidelined Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari and could have been far worse. It earned Grosjean a one-race ban, but his Japanese misdemeanour suggested he might be a slow learner.
After his brief encounter with F1 in 2009, 2012 was already a second chance for Romain. Can he grasp a third one in 2013 with a forgiving Lotus outfit?
“I’m really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia,” he said in December. “I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula 1 and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.”