Lotus driver Romain Grosjean
has conceded he has been his 'own worst enemy at times this season'.
Grosjean has taken three podiums this year on his return to the top flight, but his season has also been blighted by seven first-lap accidents, the one in Spa earning him a one-race ban, while the most recent in Japan, led to him being branded a 'first-lap nutcase' by a very annoyed Mark Webber.
Despite that though, he overcame the pressure in Korea last weekend and took a solid seventh place, a result that earned him praised from team boss, Eric Boullier
. Grosjean is now keen avoid any further controversies in the final four races, starting with another points result in India.
“For sure I was a bit nervous starting the race [in Yeongam] as there was quite a lot of pressure,” Grosjean admitted ahead of the 17th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship. “Myself and the team did a lot of work trying to understand a few things and it's certainly helped.
“It wasn't the easiest start; there was contact behind me at turn three and I took evasive action but after that it was quite a straight forward race and I could push how I wanted. I've been my own worst enemy at times this season, but hopefully now we can put it behind us and move forwards.”
The Buddh International Circuit meanwhile will be a step into the unknown for the 26-year-old as while he did attend the inaugural race last year, he didn't get to actually drive there, as he was only present as the team's third/reserve driver. Despite that though, he is confident he can get up to speed relatively easily.
“There have been quite a few new tracks for me to learn this year and I am lucky as I usually pick them up very quickly. Hopefully it'll be the case again in India so we'll have time early in the weekend to work on the set up for qualifying and the race,” he continued.
“With all the data we have today we know more about what we need to do in the corners; things like what brake pressure to use on approach, how much throttle to use on exit, how much speed you can carry through the mid-phase of the corner... all this can be looked at with your engineer in advance.
“In a way it's easy when you know to use exactly 80 bar of pressure on the brakes or 80% of lift on the throttle for example. You take this information with you on a lap and you know how the car should behave. Of course you find the limit as you push more and more – there are always one or two corners that are more tricky – but normally the majority of the track is actually quite easy.
“The circuit itself [overall] is very impressive. The layout looks very interesting, with some slow corners and high speed sections as well. I'm sure it will be a great track to drive and I'm looking forward to unlocking its secrets so it can go into my portfolio!” he concluded.