Boullier: Grosjean has learned lessons
Lotus chief says Frenchman "eager" to return after one-race ban
Last Updated: September 10, 2012 5:11pm
Romain Grosjean's Italian GP spent on the sidelines has given him time to learn the lessons of his wayward driving at Spa, reckons his Lotus boss Eric Boullier.
The 26-year-old former GP2 champion became the first Formula 1 driver since Michael Schumacher at the Italian and Portuguese grands prix of 1994 to sit out a race for disciplinary reasons after he was adjudged at the previous event in Belgium to have triggered the first corner pile-up that took out three other drivers, including title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
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Grosjean, who was replaced by Jerome D'Ambrosio in Italy, still travelled to Monza to be with the team and Boullier believes he will return to the car in Singapore next week having learned lessons on several levels.
"He will have learned a lot because being in your car you have only one radio in your head," said Boullier.
"When you are sitting in the garage and you have both cars then you can learn much more.
"He has definitely learned his lessons and I know he is extremely eager to get back in the car in Singapore."
While Grosjean's stand in finished 13th in Sunday's race, Kimi Raikkonen claimed another double figure-haul of points with fifth - a result which moved the Finn into third place in the Drivers' standings.
And although he lost ground to overall leader Fernando Alonso, Boullier felt it was another satisfactory result ahead of tracks which should again prove more favourable for the E20.
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"The approach he has is good. The more we can deliver big points, and if we can maintain our consistency, that is going to be key for the championship," the Frenchman added.
"We have said this since the beginning (of the season) and he is confirming that now.
"So we look forward to the next races because they should suit our car much better."