Updated: 18/09/2012 12:37 | By pa.press.net

Grosjean has learned lesson - Boullier



Romain Grosjean was forced to watch the Italian Grand Prix from the sidelines

Romain Grosjean was forced to watch the Italian Grand Prix from the sidelines

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has no doubt a spell on the sidelines has taught Romain Grosjean a much-needed lesson.

Grosjean was forced to look on over the course of the Italian Grand Prix weekend as he served a one-race ban for causing a pile-up at the first corner of the event in Belgium a week previously, taking out four cars.

The Frenchman had been involved in a number of early-race incidents this season, and Boullier said: "He will have learned a lot because being in your car you have only one radio in your head. 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."

In contrast, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen continues to make steady progress, almost unnoticed.

A difficult weekend for Lotus on a track not suited to their car saw Raikkonen claim fifth to move up to third in the standings, one point behind second-placed Lewis Hamilton and 38 adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso.

Boullier added: "We knew from past history, and from this year, we would not be on top form at Monza, that it would not be easy."

Asked whether Raikkonen, still to win a race this year, was taking the title by stealth, Boullier replied: "It's good for us, good for Kimi.

"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.

"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."

2Comments
20/09/2012 14:20
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I have to agree with steve on this matter but something had to be done and starting with Grosjean is a way of saying to other drivers that this is what will happen if they get involved with such driving.As for Maldonado he should be allowed to drive in F1 as he is a risk to himself and others and that will come to light before the season finish.
10/09/2012 19:16
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I still think the decision to ban Grosjean was harsh.. if someone like Maldonado can

get away with some of his antic's without being banned, then surely Grosjean is

being penalised mainly cause the incident took out the championship leader..  race ban's

are very rare in F1 and i've seen worst incident's then the collision that caused spa pile up..

the like's of Grosjean, Perez, Kobayshi, are the reason why F1 is so exciting, their all out

attacking style's has breathed new life into, what was a decaying sport.. when driver's

become fearful of making passes,because of possible contact, then the excitement in F1 will be loss!!!

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