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Stewart again offers to aid Grosjean

Jackie Stewart offers assistance to Romain Grosjean after another controversial weekend for the Lotus driver
For the second time this season, former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart have offered to help Lotus driver Romain Grosjean in an effort to end the incidents that have followed the Frenchman throughout 2012.

Grosjean was involved in a first lap accident for the seventh time this season at Suzuka and was handed a ten second penalty for tipping Mark Webber into a spin – leading to the Australian branding him a nutcase afterwards.

Having already been banned for one race for causing the start-line accident at Spa, Grosjean's career is in danger of becoming blighted by his involvement in clashes on track and Stewart said he was keen to help.

"I would love to help Romain, because I think he has enormous potential," he told the BBC "Any more accidents could jeopardise his chances of driving for Lotus next season, let alone the very best teams.

"It's his first full season in F1 and he is fast enough to win races. I actually think he could have won one or two Grand Prix this season, but at the moment his potential is being overshadowed by the number of accidents he's having."

Grosjean turned down help from Stewart, an ambassador for team owner Genii Capital, back in July but the Scot said he hoped the decision would be different this time around.

“He had already had a few accidents then and I thought I might be able to help him avoid them in the future," he said. "I'd been a young entrant into Formula One myself and had also run a fairly good driver development programme at Stewart Grand Prix, when I'd helped drivers like David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Gil de Ferran and Allan McNish.

"Romain, who I have to say is an extremely nice young man, chose not to take up the offer. The season was congested then, he was about to go on his honeymoon, and he felt he had his own people assisting him.

"When the time comes and he wants to do it, I will always be there for him because of my relationship with the team. For some reason, racing drivers of all kinds feel they don't need coaches once they leave karting. That's unlike any other sport I know."



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soaum - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 11:41 AM

I think Grosjean should accept his offer. There are no downsides to free advice from a 3 times world champion and it would show people that he is serious about cutting out the mistakes.



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