Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier says it is time everyone moved from Romain Grosjean's first lap incidents
French driver admits he was nervous racing in Korea
By William Esler. Last Updated: 21/10/12 1:58pm
Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier says it is time everyone moved from Romain Grosjean's first lap incidents and let the Frenchman get on with racing.
The 26-year-old has been involved in seven crashes during the opening lap this year and became the first driver in nearly 20 years to serve a driving ban after causing a multi-car pileup in Belgium.
Mark Webber branded Grosjean "a first lap nutcase" after he was hit by the Lotus driver at turn two in Japan, but after a clean race in Korea, Boullier says it is time for the spotlight to move away from his driver.
Analysing Grosjean's first-lap collisions
"It's definitely time for us to draw the line and move on, but more importantly it's also time for Romain to put it in the past for himself," Boullier said.
"Despite a lot of pressure, he drove a good clean race in Korea and I fully believe he now understands what he needs to do to avoid these things in the future. Romain's target for the rest of the season is clear - to build on the platform he created in the last race and help the team push for maximum points in the last four races."
Grosjean was noticeably wary of going wheel-to-wheel with his competitors in Yeongam, and he admits he was nervous knowing the world was watching him.
"For sure I was a bit nervous starting the race as there was quite a lot of pressure," the 2011 GP2 Champion said.
"Myself and the team did a lot of work trying to understand a few things and it's certainly helped. It wasn't the easiest start - there was contact behind me at turn three and I took evasive action but after that it was quite a straight forward race and I could push how I wanted. I've been my own worst enemy at times this season, but hopefully now we can put it behind us and move forwards."