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'We will calm Grosjean down,' says Boullier

Lotus has no plans to replace Romain Grosjean as Kimi Raikkonen's team mate and will work with the driver to calm him down, says team principal Eric Boullier.
Lotus boss Eric Boullier has insisted that the team is not considered benching Romain Grosjean from the team any time soon, following his eventful and costly series of accidents in Monaco this weekend.

Grosjean crashed twice in practice, and despite coming straight out on track in his hastily rebuilt car for the first qualifying session and doing enough to progress to Q2, he only managed 13th place on the grid after being held up on his flying lap.

Then in the race there was the unfortunate business of how he'd ploughed into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso, for which Grosjean will have a ten-place grid penalty to serve at the next race in Canada.

"Daniel seemed to be really struggling with his rear tyres and they looked to have a lot of graining," Grosjean explained later. "I'd been following him for almost all of the 61 laps but I was caught out by him braking early in the middle of the circuit and there was nowhere for me to go.

Ricciardo had also been the driver who held him up in the previous day's qualifying session, but Grosjean insisted that this wasn't a case of hot-headed retaliation.

"That was Daniel again who I was held up by, but it certainly wasn't my intention to end my race in the back of his car!" he said.

As the teams packed up in Monaco, there was gossip that Grosjean's team was eyeing the repair bill for the #8 car and perhaps pondering sidelining Grosjean for a race, as happened in 2012 when he was banned for one event after causing a massive shunt at the Belgian Grand Prix.

But Lotus team principal Boullier said that this wasn't on the cards and that they just need to calm their driver down and restore his equilibrium.

"I think we just need to cool him down and have a proper discussion when we are back in the factory," he said. "[We'll] sit down with him and go through the weekend.





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nas - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 1:04 PM

There's only so much blame we can appoint to Grosjean, who drives the way he does. It's the people who put him there and keep him in the spot after repeatedly making the same types of mistakes without any improvement. Boullier who manages him needs to explain why he gets to keep the seat after all those crashes, when Heidfeld got fired for things like engine fires and pit crew errors that weren't even his fault.

Livemusik

May 27, 2013 12:23 PM

I bet the Lotus accounts is calculating the total repair bill for Grosjean during his time. Lotus F1 posted a loss for the last quarter. He's probably costing Lotus as much as Kimi, except Kimi is costing them so much because he's on a performance based contract and is doing so well...



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