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Formula One: Lotus assure 'first-lap nutcase' Grosjean he has long-term future with team

Published on Feb 27, 2013 7:02 PM
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Lotus are expecting a new-look Romain Grosjean (above), this season after assuring the crash-prone French Formula One driver that he has a long-term future with the team. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Lotus are expecting a new-look Romain Grosjean this season after assuring the crash-prone French Formula One driver that he has a long-term future with the team.

Grosjean earned a one-race ban last season after a Belgian Grand Prix collision that put Ferrari's title contender Fernando Alonso out of the race, with the Spaniard lucky to escape serious injury.

Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber dubbed the Frenchman a "first-lap nutcase" for the number of starting crashes he was involved in but Grosjean has been addressing the problem since September with the help of a sports psychologist.

"He's a different guy," Lotus chairman Gerard Lopez told Reuters. "He knows what he has to do, he doesn't have that pressure, stress.

 
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