Grosjean: I wouldn't forgive myself for another slump

Romain Grosjean says he would not be able to forgive himself if he suffered a repeat of the woes that marred the first half of his 2018 Formula 1 campaign.

Grosjean: I wouldn't forgive myself for another slump

Although the Frenchman's season started off well with a strong showing in Australia before pitstop trouble, he later endured a run of incidents and accidents that left his future with Haas in doubt.

But after getting his mental approach back on track, Grosjean delivered a very strong finish to the year that helped him secure a new contract.

Asked about what he needs to do this winter to ensure he performs at his best, Grosjean said: "Definitely not have the same mistakes as I had this year.

"I don't think I would pardon myself if I had another start of the season as I had.

"Definitely a lot learned this year, understanding what had happened. I remember the week before the German Grand Prix I called my manager and I said 'I'm back'.

"Even before driving the car I said 'I'm back' and I was back.

"It was just like everything went in the right place and it was like 'fuck, this, this, this, this, and sort that out' and I moved on. It was a great experience: things that you don't even realise can bother you."

Grosjean's return to form this year has been likened to the way he turned himself around after famously getting banned for causing a first corner crash at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.

However, he thinks this year's recovery is something more special because of the way he had to dig deep to find out why he was not performing.

"It's been interesting, and I'm quite proud of the way I bounced back as well," he said. "At one point people were thinking I should stay at home. I thought that I still had it. And I still had it, I just needed to understand why I was just not getting it right."

Asked by Motorsport.com if he knew what was needed to prevent a repeat of trouble happening again, he said: "I hope so, I hope so.

"You never know until you've done it. But so far I've always learned my lessons and not done the same mistake twice and hopefully that's the same case again."

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18

Photo by: Erik Junius

shares
comments
Red Bull firms up Honda-linked junior team plan for 2019

Previous article

Red Bull firms up Honda-linked junior team plan for 2019

Next article

The role Bottas hates but must embrace

The role Bottas hates but must embrace
Load comments
The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin Prime

The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon in Texas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement Prime

Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man Anthony Peacock explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it).

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
How Verstappen has become F1 champion material Prime

How Verstappen has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle Prime

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Prime

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Prime

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021