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Romain Grosjean’s return to F1 as reigning GP2 Series champion might have been hard-earned and well-deserved but continued to provide the Frenchman with something of a rollercoaster ride. He started brightly by qualifying on row two in Australia, but the race was marred by the sort of early incident that would go on to punctuate his year. Although he posted two podium finishes in the first seven rounds, his year will be remembered more for the scrapes he found himself in, most notably the first corner accident he triggered at Spa, which ultimately led to him being benched by the FIA for the following weekend at Monza. When he returned, Grosjean appeared to have lost a degree of confidence and, trying not to get involved in any more controversy, wasn’t quite the racer he had been previously. Eighth in the points was a decent return, but the jury remains out and he has yet to be confirmed for 2013.