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Season review: ‘First lap nutcase' earns respect

Lotus F1 Team 12 months ago, Romain Grosjean was under pressure like never before. Huge pressure. His move at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix on Mark Webber was clumsy to the extreme; even a driver working his way through the junior formulae would have been humiliated by such an error. He was the first lap nutcase. The lunatic for whom a first lap was akin to an iceberg for the Titanic. His season ended with a ludicrous attempt at passing Pedro de La Rosa’s HRT in qualifying before he crashed out of the race in slippery conditions. Fast forwards to the end of 2013 and, with the departure of Kimi Räikkönen to rivals Ferrari, Grosjean is in prime position to lead Lotus into Formula...
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