Mar 9, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT
Romain Grosjean believes that he can learn from his mistakes following a turbulent first season in Formula One.
Despite finishing on the podium three times in 2012, Grosjean’s season was marred by a string of crashes which led many to question his place in the sport. However, the Lotus driver believes that he has matured over the winter.
“I’ve been working a lot on myself, trying to put every chance with me, so let’s see if that work pays off on the track and in the races.”
The low point of Grosjean’s season came in Belgium, where he caused a large accident at turn one which resulted in a one race ban.
“It was a harsh penalty, but we accepted it, so that was it.
“It took maybe a bit longer to come back from that than I expected, which was quite a shock. It was a shock that it took me longer to come back to the top after that.”
Lotus decided to retain Grosjean for 2013 after stand out performances in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary, as well as some strong showings in qualifying. If he is to underline his credentials as a future champion, Grosjean will be keen to win a race this season, which will also go a long way to helping him lose the ‘bad boy’ tag.