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Grosjean hopes for 'much stronger' 2013

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean's season started well but has featured many first-lap incidents © Sutton Images
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Romain Grosjean hopes that he will have a "much stronger" season in 2013 as he learns from his experiences this year.

Although not yet confirmed at Lotus for next season, Grosjean is expected to partner Kimi Raikkonen for another year. Grosjean delivered a number of impressive performances as he scored three podiums early on in the year but has also been involved in a number of first lap incidents, with one at Spa earning him a one-race suspension.

Grosjean admits he can improve a lot on this season, and said that the lessons learned in his first full year will give him a much better starting point in 2013.

"I hope [next year will be] much stronger," Grosjean said. "Normally it is one year to learn and then one year to win - Formula One is a bit different - it's hard to say how much you are stronger but you normally are because there are all these things you have digested through the winter. We restart with the winter testing, we know where we want to start, we know where to test, we know which area we really want to improve for the year, and then not getting in to incidents and stuff like that; without that I've been quite good in the championship standings."

When pressed on where he felt he had improved the most this season, Grosjean said it was the overall experience gained that would stand him in better stead in future.

"I think it's a bit of everything; driving wise, set-up of the car, media stuff, travelling, managing the rest time in between the grands prix, all these types of things that you think before but as long as you haven't lived them it's hard to choose the right thing to do. I think all of that is giving me more choice and more options."