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Labelled as a ‘first-lap nut case’, Romain Grosjean is sure that he will shake off the tag after he was given an opportunity to compete in his successive season in Formula 1 for the first time in his career.
After being involved in several incidents on the opening laps in 2012, the Frenchman’s seat was believed to be in trouble but Lotus kept its faith in the line-up and retained the 26-year-old for another campaign.
“There were some tough moments, some sleepless nights," Grosjean was quoted saying by AFP. "I had a lot of discussions with the team's owners, which were constructive and allowed us to make progress.”
Happy to have the team’s confidence, Grosjean added that he will “try and create something special" in 2013, particularly focussing on ensuring that he doesn’t repeat his mistakes again.
"We have been working together since September in order to make progress because I did not want to wait till the end of the season," he said. "There are lots of things that I am trying to improve on, because I am no longer a rookie, I no longer have the right to make clearly stupid mistakes, which were 100 percent my fault.
"I want to be more consistent, while remaining as quick as before," he added. "My ability to drive fast weighed in my favour for being retained, the talks as well, and the fact that we both are hungry to be world champions together.”