Sir Jackie Stewart has once again offered to become struggling Romain Grosjean’s coach.
Earlier this year, when Lotus’ French driver was first labelled a ‘crash king’ of the 2012 season, triple world champion Stewart offered to help the 26-year-old get to grips with the sport’s psychological pressures.
“I used to work with a coach and I don’t feel that I need one today,” Grosjean said in July.
But three months later, immediately after serving a one-race ban for causing the Spa start-line crash and a string of other incidents, Grosjean arrived in Singapore with Benoit Campargue, a Frenchman who also coaches Judo champion Teddy Riner. Even so, Grosjean is once again in the wrong spotlight, having been branded a “nutcase” by Mark Webber after yet another first-lap crash in Japan.
“I would love to help Romain, because I think he has enormous potential,” said Stewart, who already works with Lotus through the team’s owner Genii.
He told the BBC: “Any more accidents could jeopardise his chances of driving for Lotus next season, let alone the very best teams. When the time comes and he wants to do it, I will always be there for him because of my relationship with the team,” added Stewart.
Indeed, the situation is becoming dire for Grosjean, as figures up and down the paddock call on the FIA to impose more race bans on the ‘dangerous’ driver. Asked if the situation has endangered Grosjean’s career, boss Eric Boullier is quoted by the Daily Mail: “Not yet, but I expect to see an improvement.”