Grosjean glad to be back
Lotus driver will "change a few things" after serving ban
By Mike Wise in Singapore. Last Updated: 20/09/12 4:31pm
Romain Grosjean intends to be "better prepared" for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix having served his one-race ban for causing a collision at Spa.
The Lotus driver became the first driver since 1994 to pick up such a ban three weeks ago, when he squeezed out the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton at the first corner of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Current World Championship leader Fernando Alonso also became involved in the multi-car incident, one which Grosjean has put down to his own inexperience.
Speaking on Thursday, the 26-year-old said: "We most of the time forget that it's my first year in Formula 1. I'm always fighting in the top 10 because we're almost always in Q3 qualifying. It means that you're always with very experienced drivers and sometimes it's not as easy as learning from the back.
Grosjean, who has been involved in a number of incidents during the early laps of races this season, added: "It's very tight between taking the right decision and taking the wrong decision, it might sometimes be one tenth of a second or maybe less. And there is a lot of stress at this time of the race.
"It comes with the experience to know exactly what we can do to take the right decision. But as well there is the preparation. We'll change a few things around me to help me get better prepared for the race and to improve myself."
Grosjean said it was not simply a case of a rookie having "learnt his lesson" and cited the incident during the Italian Grand Prix involving Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso as a case in point.
Vettel was given a drive-though penalty after forcing Alonso's Ferrari off the track when the latter tried to overtake.
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"We are professional drivers. Sometimes we do mistakes, I accepted I did one. That was okay, the consequences were quite big and I was the first one to hope that nobody gets hurt in this incident," Grosjean said.
"You think that if I'm not on the grid then there won't be any crash forever? That's a bit silly, to be honest. I'm not the only one. I've been in a few but it's not always the same.
"If you look at Monza, it was the same in the race and that's two World Champions."
Grosjean watched the Italian Grand Prix from the sidelines and paid particular attention to his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Although he finished third behind the Finn at the Hungarian Grand Prix prior to the summer break, Grosjean has said he feels less confident driving Lotus's E20 than was the case earlier in the season.
However, he hopes that information gleaned from Raikkonen's side of the garage will help him improve the set-up of his car on a track that should suit it.
"It was good in a way to be outside the car, to look at the team and what the two cars are doing at the weekend. Kimi has a lot of experience and I've been listening to his radio through the whole weekend and we've seen a few things that they're doing different on his side of the garage that we want to try," Grosjean added.
"We've picked up a few different things in the car that we've struggled with, so we may go back to a level of confidence with the car that I would prefer, as was the case in Valencia and Barcelona."