Romain Grosjean insists that he is viewing his deal with Lotus for the 2012 F1 season as a fresh start and has no intentions of dwelling on his previous races for Renault back in 2009.
Grosjean was thrown into a race seat alongside Fernando Alonso when Nelson Piquet Jr left the team but failed to score a point – with a best finish of 13th in Brazil – and then found himself dropped at the end of the year.
The Frenchman then headed off to sportscars at the start of 2010 before returning to GP2 – where he secured the championship title last year.
That proved to be enough to secure a role with Lotus this season alongside Kimi Raikkonen and he insisted that he was looking to his new role as a fresh start and not concerning himself with what happened the last time he joined the grid.
“I bring seven races to the table - probably in a difficult environment - so this weekend is the real start of my Formula One career,” he said in an interview with the official F1 website. “So let's see what Sunday brings for me.
“Let me tell you this. My only thought is that I am here in 2012 at the first Grand Prix of the season - and that is all that matters. I want to have a future in Formula One and not lament over the past. The future is the only thing that counts for me.
Admitting he was delighted to be back on the grid, Grosjean said he was reserving judgement on his aims for the year ahead until the real action gets underway this weekend in Australia.
“Let's start it with the team,” he said. “The ambition of the team is to finish fourth in the constructors' championship - and we will do everything to achieve that goal.
“This basically runs along the lines of my ambitions. My personal ambitions depend very much on where we are standing in the pecking order - which we probably will see this weekend or in one week's time in Malaysia. Maybe we will see the first indications on Saturday after qualifying.”