Lotus boss defends under-fire Grosjean


Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is optimistic Romain Grosjean will bounce back after a bruising Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Grosjean had four separate crashes on the Monte-Carlo track. He hit the barriers twice at Sainte Devote and once at the chicane, then rammed into Daniel Ricciardo during the race, for which he received a ten-place penalty for the next race in Canada.

“We will sit down with him and go through the weekend,” Boullier told Reuters. “It’s always the same story, especially in Monaco.”

Grosjean showed promising speed at times. During qualifying he immediately went to the top of the times after returning to the track after his car had been repaired.

“He had the pace, we could see it,” Boullier admitted. “It’s even more frustrating because of that.”

Ironically, Grosjean failed to reach the top ten shoot-out after complaining he’d been blocked by Ricciardo.

Grosjean had several incidents during his first full season of Formula One last year. He was banned for one race after triggering multi-car crash at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“He did a great job over the winter and fixed all the problems he had last year,” Boullier added. “But there is some frustration some time when he knows he can be fast. He just needs to build himself saying he is fast, and he can deliver some big results.”

Boullier is also the CEO of Gravity Sports Management which represents Grosjean and other drivers.