Romain Grosjean says his brief experience of F1 in 2009 will stand him in good stead on his return this year.
Speaking as the Lotus E20 was launched Grosjean said: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to say how I should view this season.
“For sure I did seven Grands Prix alongside Fernando [Alonso] and the experience I gained from that was helpful – and is still helpful today.
“On the other hand there are still some circuits that I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know. But I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think we can say I?óÔé¼Ôäóm a rookie, just because of the experience I have. Let?óÔé¼Ôäós say that I am a young driver who still has plenty of things to learn in Formula One, but we are all expecting a good season.”
Groejean added: “I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know Albert Park, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know Shanghai, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know Canada, America nobody knows, India I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know and Korea I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know. So in the early stages of the season I know all the tracks except Albert Park and Shanghai. I know Sepang and Bahrain. We will see what happens.
Grosjean described how he got himself in a position to get back into F1:
“The process for getting the 2012 drive really began with GP2, where my goal was to bring DAMS back to the top and show that I can be a team leader. For sure winning the title was something that we all wanted, but championships can depend on many things.
“Then there were the two Friday morning sessions in Formula One, which were a real test in terms of seeing if I had the speed, feedback and everything the team was looking for. I knew it was very important and it went well, but then you just have to wait.
“That was the most difficult part, but I knew I?óÔé¼Ôäód done everything – the best I could do – so I had no regrets. I was waiting and just trying to read the faces of the people in the team to imagine what the decision would be! That?óÔé¼Ôäós always part of this job. You get used to it year after year.”
He added: “Compared with 2009 I am two years older! No big difference, just an improvement in terms of many small things, including maturity.
“The 2009 experience was very helpful for me to understand things and grow up from that point. So it was difficult, but very good as well. The 2012 Romain Grosjean sees life a little bit different. My aim is to enjoy my number one passion, Formula One.”
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