Romain Grosjean’s second full season in Formula One has come to a disappointing end during today’s Brazilian Grand Prix after the French driver suffered from an engine failure on the third lap of the race.
Grosjean, who did earn himself a ‘crash kid’ reputation in 2012 after a series of incidents, has developed into a highly capable and impressive driver in the past few months with a string of top five finishes that dates back to the Korean Grand Prix in October. He also came close to winning the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, but he was eventually forced to settle for third place as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber found a way past the Lotus in the final stint of the race.
However, Grosjean’s fine run of form came to an unfortunate end in Brazil today. After starting the race in sixth place, Grosjean made a poor start to lose a couple of positions before his engine eventually cried enough, spewing plumes of smoke across the final corner of the race track. His Lotus car eventually ground to a halt on the inside of the final corner just before the pit entry, meaning that Grosjean did not have too far to go.
Despite this not being the way Grosjean would have wanted his season to finish, he will undoubtedly be pleased with his performances in the second half of 2013 that have secured him a place with Lotus in 2014.