F1 »

Grosjean admits 'no room for mercy' in fight for seat

Romain Grosjean has admitted that there can be no room for sentiment when it comes to filling the second seat at Lotus for 2013.
Romain Grosjean has acknowledged that he cannot expect any favouritism when it comes to retaining his seat at Lotus for 2013.

The Frenchman is managed by the Gravity group run by team owner Genii Capital and overseen by team principal Eric Boullier, but accepts that there is no guarantee that he will be retained alongside Kimi Raikkonen for 2013.

Grosjean's return to F1 after a fraught part-season in 2009 began well, with a strong qualifying performance in Australia and three podium finishes before the halfway mark, but also featured a string of on-track incidents that eventually culminated in him receiving a one-race ban after a start-line pile-up in Belgium. With no indication as to his future prospects forthcoming from Enstone, the rumour mill has begun to list possible candidates to replace the former GP2 Series champion.

“There is no room for mercy,” Grosjean told Switzerland's Le Matin newspaper, "but that's normal for the top level. Seats in F1 are scarce; there are no presents."

Despite finishing second in Canada and third at both the Bahrain and Hungarian grands prix, Grosjean admits that he still has a lot to learn about life in the top flight. Team-mate Raikkonen finally returned the Enstone operation to the top step of the podium in Abu Dhabi, but the Frenchman's form fell away towards the end of the year, with three seventh places his best results following his return from suspension.

Observers claimed that Grosjean had become more circumspect following the incident in Belgium, blunting his competitive edge, and retirements at both Yas Marina and Interlagos left him eighth overall in the standings, 114 points behind his team-mate.

"I learned a lot - more than I thought I would,” he insisted, “But the world of F1 is more difficult than I imagined. When I returned, I saw that there was a mountain to climb – and, once I started to climb, I saw how high it really is."

Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen are the latest names to have been linked to Grosjean's seat.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
23.11.2012- Free Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
22.11.2012- Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
Race: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 (race winner)
Race: Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
02.09.2012- Race, Start of the race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
23.11.2012- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 E23.
Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Lotus F1 Team 
Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 E23.
Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari SF15-T passes the team pit gantry.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.