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Romain Grosjean has vowed to do everything possible to avoid a first-lap incident which has put him into the spotlight this season.
The Lotus driver was involved in two significant collisions at the Belgian and Japanese Grands Prix which took out championship contenders, with the spectacular accident in Spa nearly knocking the head off of Fernando Alonso.
A race ban was handed to the Frenchman as a result but at Suzuka last weekend, he banged into the Red Bull of Mark Webber spinning the Australian driver and compromising his race.
Grosjean was handed a stop-and-go penalty for the misdemeanour, which the 26-year-old is keen not to repeat again.
“Mark came to see me and I completely understand that he was unhappy,” Grosjean said. “The only thing I could say was to apologise and that’s what I did.
“I’m clearly conscious of the risk at the start, I’m working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn’t come from one day to the other one,” he insisted. “I said I was very sorry. I’m not stupid and I’m conscious of the risk.”
Webber, who had called Grosjean a “first-lap nutcase”, said he considered the matter closed after receiving an apology from the Lotus driver.
Having paid the price twice for his mistake, Grosjean will be now taking precautions at this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.
“In the team we spoke quite a lot; they are not happy, I am not happy the way we have been going through the first laps,” he said. “There are 550 people working at Enstone to give us the best car and if you ruin everything in the first 100m it’s not good.”