• Lotus news

Grosjean 'has definitely learned his lessons' - Boullier

ESPN Staff
September 11, 2012 « Young Driver Test gets underway at Magny-Cours | 'Mercedes offer him much greater freedom on the commercial side' »
Romain Grosjean was present throughout the Italian Grand Prix weekend © Sutton Images

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes Romain Grosjean "has definitely learned his lessons" following his suspension from the Italian Grand Prix.

Grosjean was banned for causing the first-lap crash at the Belgian Grand Prix which took Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez - the whole Italian GP podium - out of the race. Grosjean was present at Monza over the weekend but was not driving the car as Jerome d'Ambrosio replaced him, and Boullier said he will have not only learned from his mistake but also gained extra knowledge on the pit wall.

"He will have learned a lot because being in your car you have only one radio in your head," said Boullier. "When you are sitting in the garage and you have both cars then you can learn much more. He has definitely learned his lessons and I know he is extremely eager to get back in the car in Singapore."

Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth at Monza and d'Ambrosio 13th after a KERS failure on a track that didn't suit Lotus, but Boullier is confident that the team will be more competitive throughout the remainder of the season.

"We are optimistic that from Singapore onwards we will be much more competitive due to the circuit layout and updates we have coming, meaning we will be able to score more points in every race."