“Obviously, I hope I have grown up, but I do not want to stop there. I want to continue the analysis during the winter and come back on a sound footing. The return to training is scheduled for 30 December because we are testing in February already.”
Grosjean's problems during the season were thought to have been a major factor in Lotus taking its time to reconfirm him alongside Kimi Raikkonen for a second term. Unsurprisingly, with his F1 future hanging in the balance once again, the Frenchman didn't find it easy.
“It was a difficult period,” he admitted, “Frankly, I'm relieved [to have re-signed] because the last weeks have not been easy to manage. I really wanted to continue the adventure. When I heard the news, it was a great joy.
“There will be a different pressure [net season]. I am no longer a beginner and making the same mistakes will not be possible. In karting or cars, we have a year to learn and a year to win, but F1 is a bit different because it depends on many things. [For next season], for me and for the team, I want to do the best possible performance, giving the maximum. I hope the car will be good, but we must wait for the first qualifying of the year to find out.”
Grosjean insists that he has not set his sights on a particular championship position for 2013, instead preferring to focus on his performance.
“I want to score points consistently, have the speed that I had this season and be consistent in the effort,” he concluded, “After that, I'm not setting objectives in terms of ranking. It would be a mistake….”