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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year vote: 5th - Romain Grosjean

From 'first lap nutcase' to realistic podium contender each time out, Lotus' Romain Grosjean completed a remarkable transformation over the past twelve months and was duly rewarded with a top five spot in the 2013 F1 Driver of the Year poll.
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2013:
5: Romain Grosjean
Team: Lotus
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums: 6
Best Finish: 2nd
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 132
Championship Position: 7th

2012 Driver of the Year position: 18th

If there was a redemption story for 2013, Romain Grosjean was it, the Frenchman transforming himself from 'wild child' to 'podium threat' over the winter.

Although he was denied a maiden victory by Red Bull's second half dominance, Grosjean was more often than not the man to take the fight to Milton Keynes' finest without any sign of the recklessness that dogged last year's campaign.

Although the year did not start promisingly in terms of results – a best of third in Bahrain preceding back-to-back DNFs in Spain and Monaco and non-scores in Canada and Britain – a vote of confidence from team boss Eric Boullier and the opportunity to assume number one status once Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari deal was confirmed appeared to do wonders for Grosjean's belief.

He responded with four podiums in five races between Korea and the USA – finishing fourth in Abu Dhabi to break the sequence – and was denied another shot by engine failure at Interlagos. Seventh overall was the product of his early maladies and, despite initial uncertainty over his continued position in the team, should result in better for 2014.

Raikkonen's exit effectively hands Grosjean number one status, and the Frenchman should have the upper hand over the incoming Pastor Maldonado, particularly if he can continue to build on his 2013 form.


Crash.net's 2013 F1 Driver of the Year – top ten to date:

6. Nico Rosberg
7. Mark Webber
8. Lewis Hamilton
9. Valtteri Bottas
10. Daniel Ricciardo



Related Pictures

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22.11.2013- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
22.11.2013- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
Lotus E22 with Hisense sponsorship
24.08.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
24.08.2014- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
24.08.2014- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 at drivers parade
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
23.08.2014- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22

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Texas Roadhouse

December 27, 2013 4:02 PM

Well George W. Bush got elected - twice!!! - what does that tell you about "democracy"?? Grosjean deserved a better placing, given the equipment he had compared to the top team(s). But, as in any poll of readers'/viewers' opinions, it's little more than a popularity contest.



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