Romain Grosjean says he is eager to avoid any opening lap drama in Korea after being caught up in trouble again in Japan last weekend.
For the seventh time this season, Grosjean was involved in an accident on lap one at Suzuka; clashing with Mark Webber and picking up a ten second stop/go penalty in the process.
Amidst calls from some rivals to hand the Frenchman another ban – on top of the one race ban he picked up at – Grosjean will try to let his driving do the talking this weekend in Korea and he admitted he was eager to show what he can do.
“Not having any contact on the first lap, that's clearly one of the objectives,” the Lotus man said when asked what he was going to do differently this weekend. “I'd say there's work in progress and it takes a bit of time but yeah, it's a cycle as well: things have been going bad, and the more it goes bad… I'm conscious of the risk at the start.
“The Spa accident was quite impressive and I was the first one to be happy that Fernando had nothing [injured], I'm conscious of the risk; I paid the price as well for my mistake. In the team we spoke quite a lot; they are not happy, I am not happy the way we have been going through the first laps. There is 550 people working at Enstone to give us the best car and if you ruin everything in the first 100m it's not good. I'm conscious of all of that and will try to take as many precautions as possible to go through the first lap – and then normally in the race we are OK.”
Grosjean added that he had spoken to Webber after the Japanese race to apologise for his latest indiscretion and said he hoped there would be no repeat.
“Mark came to see me and I completely understand that he was unhappy,” he said. “The only thing I could say was to apologise and that's what I did. I'm clearly conscious of the risk at the start, I'm working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn't come from one day to the other one. There is a process going on. I said I was very sorry. I'm not stupid and I'm conscious of the risk. And hopefully by now it will be a different and I will not make the mistake of focusing on the wrong targets.”