Romain Grosjean is confident that it has equal status with the Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but admits that it is the face of the British Finn team.
In the 2012 season returning to F1 after a two year break former world champion Raikkonen finished third unexpectedly place overall and won the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Grosjean for a change, but often showed strong pace, won for the stable almost three times fewer points, going from event to event.
Despite the fact that last year, by far inferior to your partner results, Grosjean is expected to start the season in 2013 with the same support team as Raikkonen. It’s hard to resist the impression that Lotus is given „Icemanowi” much more attention, but according to Romain does so only in order to take advantage of his popularity.
When asked whether it is in the shadow of Raikkonen, Grosjean said: „In terms of communication, yes.
„I mean, Kimi has had a very good season, he was once a champion of the world – it’s normal that the team promoted to his name. Last year we were treated equally, we had the same cars. It is normal that when Kimi has come out in the table in front of me and tried to gain total for the team good results, got all the best. But now everything starts all over again and I’m sure that if I was in front of him at the halfway point of the season, it will be different. ”
Grosjean also hopes that it will not be this year, discriminated against by the other drivers. When the Frenchman won the most conflict-player patch, rivals began to treat him coldly.
„If I rode well, not wikłał in collisions and obtain favorable results after 4-5 contest will see that I’m OK.” – Explained the 26-year-old. „Actually, they already know, know that in other series was winning the championship. Previous season, worked a little psychology. made a few mistakes, sometimes I had bad luck and came out of this great story. I was lucky that the crash at Spa hurt no one, but during that drove off after all not the same. Anyway, I made a lot of work to be change, and I see some things a little differently. „