Pressure is on Romain Grosjean to have a clean race in China next weekend. The reigning GP2 champion has shown pace in his return to F1 so far this year, making good use of the competitive Lotus E20. But in the actual races, the 25-year-old is yet to see much action in 2012, colliding with Pastor Maldonado in Australia and spinning in the Sepang rain.
With Kimi Raikkonen also yet to enjoy a fully clean race on his own return to F1, Lotus’ trackside chief Alan Permane is quoted by the Sun: “It would be nice to have a straightforward race with no penalties and no crashes from Romain after the first couple of corners. I think it is McLaren and Red Bull at the front, and then I believe we are there.”
Grosjean has duly vowed to do better.
“When you make mistakes you have to admit it and not repeat that mistake. When it’s not your fault – well it’s not your fault. I know that we can do some great things in the future races. My season starts properly in China.”