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GP Week : Issue 171
F1 >>> NEWS It was an uncomfortable afternoon for those members of the press corps who had made the effort to attend the opening press conference of the Korean Grand Prix weekend. As the drivers lined up to take their places for the weekly grilling by the media, one man looked to be on the verge of tears. As he took his seat on stage, Romain Grosjean was a very different figure from the ever-smiling driver journalists had become accustomed to. Before a single question was asked, the Lotus driver was visibly steeling himself for the worst. It was to prove an excellent strategy – with no one wanting to kick a man who was so obviously down, the questioning of Grosjean was handled with kid gloves by all and sundry. “Mark came to see me [after the race in Japan and I completely understand that he was unhappy,” a very downcast Grosjean admitted. “The only thing I could say was to apologise and that’s what I did. “I’m clearly conscious of the risk at the start; I’m working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn’t come from one day to the other one. There is a process going on. I said I was very sorry. I’m not stupid, and I’m conscious of the risk. Hopefully now it will be different, and I will not make the mistake of focusing on the wrong targets.” Asked to clarify what exactly his newfound objectives were, Grosjean expanded on his earlier comments: “Not having any contact on the first lap, that’s clearly one of the objectives,” he said. “I’d say there’s work in progress and it takes a bit of time but yeah, it’s a cycle as well: things have been going bad, and the more it goes bad... “I’m conscious of the risk at the start. The Spa accident was quite impressive and I was the first one to be happy that Fernando had nothing [injured], I’m conscious of the risk; I paid the price as well for my mistake. In the team we spoke quite a lot – they are not happy, I am not happy [with] the way we have been going through the first laps. “There are 550 people working at Enstone to give us the best car, and if you ruin everything in the first 100 metres it’s not good. “I’m conscious of all of that and will try to take as many precautions as possible to go through the first lap – and then normally in the race we are okay,” the Frenchman concluded. GROSJEAN: DOWNCAST, BUT NOT BEATEN 4 GPWEEK.com // 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: