Grosjean wants to 'be proud'

  • Last Updated: March 15 2013, 12:14 GMT

Romain Grosjean would love to believe in the statistic that if all went according to plan would see him crowned Formula One champion this season.

Romain Grosjean: Hoping for success
Romain Grosjean: Hoping for success

Grosjean has enjoyed a remarkable record over the years, winning the French Formula Renault championship in his second full year and repeating the feat in the Formula Three Euro Series and GP2.

So ahead of his second full season in F1 with Lotus, can Grosjean pull off the same trick?

It would appear a tall order given the calibre of those around him and Grosjean said: "Let's see. There are 19 races, but it would be fantastic for us.

"First we have to see how the car is, then I want to get to December, look behind me and be proud of what I did.

"I don't want to have to wait a long time to be confirmed. I want to be proud and happy, and then move forward from there."

Towards the end of last year Lotus kept Grosjean hanging on for an answer as to whether he would be retained following a rollercoaster campaign.

There were the highs of podium finishes in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, but when the lows struck he bottomed out as he was involved in many first-corner crashes that ultimately resulted in a one-race ban.

For the final seven races Grosjean managed to keep his composure, and eventually his seat, although he had to employ a sports psychologist to aid his cause.

Reflecting on last season in terms of improving for the new campaign, which began today with practice for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix in which he was fifth quickest, Grosjean added: "There were great highs and lows.

"I was surprised with a few things, but then very, very disappointed with others.

"It's no secret I've been working hard on myself to improve and the work hasn't stopped, it's still ongoing, and I hope I can again prove myself on track."

Grosjean can perhaps consider himself fortunate to still be in F1, but he has the complete support now of team principal Eric Boullier.

"When I spoke with the bosses they told me once they make a decision they never go back on it, so they chose me," said Grosjean.

"Yes, I made some mistakes, it was my first year, but I still had three podiums and twice fought for wins, so on the other hand it wasn't too bad.

"I now know what I have to do this season, it's quite clear to me, and it makes things easier."

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