Lotus Team Principal, Eric Boullier has revealed that he had to personally step in to save Grosjean’s seat at the team.
The Frenchman was making a return to the sport, having had an original poor run in 2009 with the same team which was at the time under the name of Renault. However, the Frenchman’s second coming was even less succesful than the first as he battled, literally, with other drivers and himself.
He caused accidents at the Monaco, Malaysian and Japanese Grand Prix aswell as the Belgian Grand Prix where he triggered a huge pile up involving Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, which saw the Frenchman receive the first race ban in 18 years.
Now, Frenchman Boullier admits that he had to step in to rescue Grosjean’s struggling career.
“I think if I had not been here, he would not be here today.” He told Le Figaro newspaper. “This is a boy who has the privilege of being one of the fastest drivers in the world. But this is an uncompromising world that does not allow many mistakes. He still has to learn, but he must do so quickly,” He said.
Grosjean enjoyed some high points in 2012 such as podiums in Bahrain and Hungary but a maiden win evaded him when his Renault alternator failed when catching race leader Fernando Alonso.