You would think news
of Kimi Raikkonen’s
impending departure for
Ferrari hit hard at Lotus.
After all, the former
Renault works squad has
made great strides back
toward title contention
with the coolly consistent Finn.
Yet team officials claim to be confident
that their upward progress can continue
thanks to the emergent performances
by Romain Grosjean, who’s gone from
being F1’s black sheep (his words)
during a 2012 season marred by
incidents (INSET) into an increasingly
consistent challenger for
With Nico Hulkenberg
thought to be at the head
of the list to replace
Raikkonen, Grosjean will
have another tough
yardstick in 2014 – but
self-belief isn’t a problem for RoGro.
“Kimi is a world champion and a very
good driver, so matching him, or being
in front of him, is a good sign,” said
Grosjean. “Since Barcelona, pace wise,
we have been always together and
sometimes I am even quicker, so it is
good for the future.”
FINDING THE GROOVE
Black sheep no more, Romain Grosjean is hitting his stride
Pirelli finally got its long-demanded
confirmation that it would return as F1’s
sole tire supplier next season – just in time
for a fresh round of contention about tire
wear in Korea. Careful what you wish for!
Massa reacted to his impending
dismissal from Ferrari with
characteristic grace – and
determination to move on.
He may not quite be The Man
at Lotus yet, but team officials
have increasing confidence that
Grosjean can deliver for them.
LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
In the movie business, you’re the windshield or you’re the bug, and “Rush” has
proven it’s no “Driven.” Ron Howard’s ’70s F1 blockbuster took in more than $18
million in its first three weeks of general theatrical release in the U.S. alone.
Lingering effects of his 2009 accident stand out clearly in
this chart of Massa’s career at Ferrari, but overall it’s still a
record many a big-name grand prix driver would envy.
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
*WINS IN CIRCLE