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Grosjean is rapid, but frustratingly inconsistent
It might seem an odd choice, given Romain Grosjean could – and probably should – have won in Germany and Hungary.
But therein lies Grosjean’s problem. His entire F1 career thus far has been remarkable potential blurred by incomplete weekends, errors of judgement and frustrating inconsistency.
String together a full season and he’d push, if not beat, Kimi Raikkonen on a regular basis.
The Frenchman has something about him – but he’s come under pressure for not delivering when it matters.
With added investment, Lotus could become a serious and regular threat for race wins and championships in the coming season.
Raikkonen can’t go on forever in his second coming, but can Grosjean be relied upon to lead a team?
Would he even be chosen, however highly he is regarded by his team, if he repeatedly fails to deliver and they can afford a replacement in the mould of Hulkenburg or Paul di Resta?
And where would he fit in outside of Lotus? If they ditch him, the first four teams will likely be unmoved, such is his reputation.
Without bringing a budget, the midfield becomes a minefield. And a driver of his pedigree will point blank refuse to tug around at the back.
Fail to convince Lotus, and Grosjean’s highly-promising F1 career will likely prove a learning exercise for what, I believe, would be a fantastic career racing prototypes.