F1 » 'We will calm Grosjean down,' says Boullier

Lotus has no plans to replace Romain Grosjean as Kimi Raikkonen's team mate and will work with the driver to calm him down, says team principal Eric Boullier.

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May 27, 2013 12:23 PM

I bet the Lotus accounts is calculating the total repair bill for Grosjean during his time. Lotus F1 posted a loss for the last quarter. He's probably costing Lotus as much as Kimi, except Kimi is costing them so much because he's on a performance based contract and is doing so well...

nas - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 1:04 PM

There's only so much blame we can appoint to Grosjean, who drives the way he does. It's the people who put him there and keep him in the spot after repeatedly making the same types of mistakes without any improvement. Boullier who manages him needs to explain why he gets to keep the seat after all those crashes, when Heidfeld got fired for things like engine fires and pit crew errors that weren't even his fault.

sodesu - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 2:34 PM

Would be nice to see what Valsecchi could do actually. I think Grosjean does have potential though, so this is quite painful to watch. At least last year he was close to Kimi in quali, this year he hasn't achieved anything at all... Mental coach needed or something maybe?

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 5:22 PM

Could it be that Grosjean is out of his depth at this level?

I can understand Boullier keeping him in the seat because he manages him. But I think it's a mistake. Grosjean is probably trying too hard to "match Kimi" and it's a state of mind issue. The moment Massa relaxed and stopped trying to "match Fernando", his form also improved.

Personally, I think Kobayashi would be the perfect choice for that seat - if Lotus have any hopes of winning the WCC. Grosjean should be the third driver, away from the limelight and learning from Kimi and Kobayashi.

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