May 2nd, 2013 (F1plus).- Romain Grosjean has put his troubled start to the 2013 season firmly behind him, according to a Lotus team engineer. The podium finish at Bahrein was surely an indication of a change of course for the better.
Employed by engine supplier Renault, Brazilian Ricardo Penteado actually works on Kimi Raikkonen's car.
But after the Frenchman's troubled start to 2013, culminating in a brand new chassis for the 27-year-old in Bahrain, Grosjean finished on the podium last time out in Bahrain.
Undoubtedly the number two driver at Lotus, Grosjean is still a very valuable driver, and the one that could scores point very frequently, jump into the podium every now and then, and eventually claim a victory if everything goes his way.
Penteado thinks the performance shows that Grosjean has moved on from 2012, when Mark Webber branded him a 'first lap nutcase' following a string of crashes.
"I think he can forget about 2012 now," he told Brazil's Totalrace.
"His overtaking was all perfect; he didn't put anyone out," said Penteado.
"It was clean and really showed who Grosjean is -- especially his speed.
"He showed last year that he is a very fast driver, and I would say he can use the systems of the car even better than Kimi.
"His challenge is to find the right setup, and having a little more confidence in himself," added Penteado.
Grosjean podium finish in thord place at Bahrein was the first of the year for him, and the third of his careers. With 27th points he sits in seventh place in the 2013 driver's championship.