The Straits Times
Published on Sep 21, 2012

Grosjean hopes ban made him stronger


SINGAPORE (AFP) - Lotus rookie Romain Grosjean on Thursday said he hoped to come back a stronger driver at the Singapore Grand Prix after his one-race ban for causing a dangerous pile-up in Belgium.

Ahead of a race where Formula One will honour late safety pioneer Sid Watkins, Grosjean vowed to learn from Spa-Francorchamps, where he crashed and dramatically flew over Fernando Alonso's Ferrari at the first corner.

"When you have a tough time, if you come back you are stronger, so hopefully we are," said the 26-year-old Frenchman, who is in his debut season. "We are professional drivers, sometimes we make mistakes. I accepted I made one, that was OK and the consequences were quite big. I was the first one to be happy that nobody got hurt in this incident. Then the decision was a hard one, but we accepted it, and from there we move forward."

The crash in Belgium prompted Ferrari's team chief to call for an improvement in driving standards, and left championship leader Alonso counting his lucky stars he wasn't injured by Grosjean's airborne car.