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Grosjean sought psych help over crashes

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has revealed that he sought psychological help to get him over a series of on-track incidents in 2012 that left him branded a "first-lap nutcase" by Mark Webber.
Lotus F1 star Romain Grosjean has revealed that he needed professional help to get him through his lowest time in the sport in 2012, when he was being criticised from all sides following a number of on-track collisions.

"I don't think it went entirely the way I wanted, we had too many incidents," the French driver admitted of how his first full season in F1 had turned out.

One incident saw him branded a "first-lap nutcase" by Red Bull driver Mark Webber, while another saw carnage at the first corner of Spa-Francorchamps take out several of the leading championship contenders - including Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton - and for which Grosjean received a one-race ban for instigating.

"We had good results, quicker than I was expecting, but maybe I wanted a little bit too much," Grosjean conceded to Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz earlier this week, after the Lotus team unveiled its E21 contender for the 2013 championship.

"Not an easy end of the season but I think I've learnt how to put everything together for this year," said Grosjean. "We know that there won't be any more chances so I'll have to deliver what the team want.

"It's not a secret that I started work with a psychologist in September," he revealed. "It went very well during the winter."

It seem that the success of the counselling was a crucial factor in Lotus deciding to retain his services for another season, which explains why the confirmation that Grosjean was staying with the team for 2013 came relatively late in the year.

"I had a lot of discussion with Genii, the owner, to try to help them understand and take the right decision," Grosjean explained. "And when they called me to say, 'Okay we go again for one more year,' I was more than happy."

Team principal Eric Boullier said much the same about the process behind extending Grosjean's tenure at Lotus for another season.




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21.06.2012- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team
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23.11.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
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23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
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22.11.2014 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
22.11.2014 - Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
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Oli - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 11:15 PM

There is so much expectation these days. I think RG is very talented and sure he drove into too many people last year, but he is a young kid and he is very fast. It used to be part of the expectation that young guys will crash. Give him the time to grow out if it and you'll have a very very good racing driver. Lots of great drivers went through similar, Mika Hakkinen springs to mind. Irvine was another who hit too many people as a young driver but came good. Give him time. I'd rather have RG than another bloody pay driver.

Droog - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 8:34 PM

To be fair, although he was a complete nutter at certain points of last season, nobody can deny that he is fast. His win at the ROC, while slightly lucky, confirmed that the boy has talent.



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