Grosjean: “I will try not to make the same mistakes”

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says he will try to avoid a repeat of the collisions that dogged his 2012 campaign.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Romain Grosjean Q&A (Sky)

“I was very sorry for the drivers that were involved. But I am not stupid – I know the risks and I will try not to make the same mistakes again and learn from that.”

Grosjean rallies Lotus with email thanks (Autosport)

“Romain Grosjean has issued a personal message of thanks to his Lotus team for having faith in him, as he predicts a regular challenge at the front of the grid for 2013.”

Max power! Chilton becomes fourth Brit on grid after landing Marussia contract for 2013 (Daily Mail)

“He has previously stated that the estimated ??9.5m funding he has secured to realise his Formula One dream does not come from the family coffers.”

Circuit of the Americas to seek up to $5 million from state for four more races next year (Austin-American Statesman)

“Circuit of the Americas officials, aided by a Austin City Council vote Thursday, will seek what could be as much as $5 million from the Texas Event Trust Fund for four motor sports events next year. Separately, circuit organisers will likely seek a payment from the state for the November 2013 Formula One race.”

Have BBC lost the rights to screen practice live? (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Sky have amended the Sky Media document, removing the ‘exclusive’ element, confirming it was human error. So the answer to the title is ‘No, BBC have not lost the rights to screen practice live’.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (Sauber)

“He?s the fastest man in the world, capable of orbiting the earth in a single day. What?s his secret? Triple DRS, a flexible front wing, double COANDA? We wanted to get to the bottom of it and put him through some rigorous testing, not least in the wind tunnel.”


Comment of the day

Max Chilton’s deal to drive for Marussia has reopened the “pay driver” debate:

Far too many people still throw the term “pay driver” around like it is a dirty word, stigmatising drivers in the process by assuming that the driver in question is more of a Jean-Denis Delatraz or a Paul Belmondo than a Sebastian Vettel or a Lewis Hamilton.

The simple fact of the matter is that F1 has changed, the world has changed and most importantly the economic climate has changed. Today being able to bring a budget to a F1 team is just as important as being able to lap quickly, so drivers who do shouldn?t ridiculed for it.

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On this day in F1

Onofre Marimon was born on this day in 1923. He joined fellow Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio in racing in F1.

He finished on the podium at Spa for Maserati in 1953 and repeated the feat at Silverstone the following year. But he was killed during practice for the next race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

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48 comments on Grosjean: “I will try not to make the same mistakes”

  1. I thought I put my birthday on the list. Maybe I forgot to do it.

    Anyway, today is my birthday. I wanted to share it with the best F1 website I know!

  2. Bernification (@bernification) said on 19th December 2012, 16:14

    I don’t see what the problem with Chiltern being a pay driver.
    It’s how Kimi, Massa and many others have got into the sport. Even if drivers don’t back the seat up with personal money, many have to bring money from personal backers with them.
    I don’t like the system personaly, but it has allways existed and to pretend otherwise is just silly.

    Please, just don’t be another Ralph bloody Firman. He was useless.

  3. Aficion said on 19th December 2012, 19:03

    This ‘Comment of the Day’ is just the sort of thing that infuriates me. Yes, the teams, drivers AND F1 should be ridiculed for allowing this state of affairs. I’m not sure why we should just give up and accept something that is detrimental to the integrity of the sport. Why is it so hard to be ethical? I’d rather see a poorer F1 where we are assured we have a field of the best pure drivers. Saying that ‘it’s just the way it is, we have to accept it’ is either really lazy, or unapologetically sleazy.

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