Grosjean: I don't need JYS

Lotus youngster declines F1 legend's offer of help

By Mike Wise at Hockenheim.   Last Updated: 19/07/12 8:45pm

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Romain Grosjean has turned down Sir Jackie Stewart's offer to mentor him but the Lotus driver nevertheless refused to rule out such a move in the future.

Stewart was quick to praise the Frenchman's comeback drive at the British Grand Prix, with Grosjean finishing sixth after being involved in a collision on the opening lap.

The three-times World Champion thought the 26-year-old might have won the race but for his scrape and suggested that he might work with Grosjean to cut down on such incidents in the future.

Stewart has long advocated the use of coaches and mentors - a common enough occurrence in other sports but almost unheard of in Formula 1.

Speaking ahead of the German Grand Prix on Thursday, Grosjean graciously declined the offer. Blaming a busy schedule, the newlywed said: "It's very tight at the moment and I've a honeymoon to do."

Even so Grosjean, who received help in dealing with stress when he raced in junior formulae, said the situation could always change.

"I used to work with a coach and I don't feel that I need one today. It can change week to week, maybe I'll feel I need some help but at the moment we are pretty happy with the way everything is going," he said.

"You always try to get the best but then you get to a level where you don't think you need it any more. But in three months I might say 'I want to work with somebody'. It's how you feel inside.

"To be honest, at the moment I think the people around me, with Gravity (his management company), with friends I can have at the track, the management and engineers, everything goes quite well."


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Grosjean said telemetry available to F1 drivers also mitigated against the need for a coach of the type commonly found in sports such as golf and tennis.

"We have the data and the computer, which is good for the driving point of view. Whatever sport, they have a coach to tell them 'do more that, give more slice, go a little bit closer to the ball'...stuff like that," he explained.

"We have the computer to say you brake two metres earlier than your team-mate or you carry too much speed or whatever. Racing is a bit different, I think, than other sports."

Grosjean also played down his propensity for becoming involved in accidents, even though it hampered both his qualifying and race performance at Silverstone.

"Sometimes you have accidents, sometimes it's your fault. The qualy in Silverstone, that was my fault but I don't think we have been involved in many, many accidents," he added.

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