Grosjean admits sitting out for Palmer ‘unfair’

Aug.19 (GMM) Romain Grosjean says continually sitting out free practice sessions in 2015 is “unfair”.

Whenever reserve driver Jolyon Palmer conducts Friday morning duties for Lotus, it is Frenchman Grosjean rather than the heavily PDVSA-funded Pastor Maldonado who gives up his seat.

“Let’s say that in the beginning it was not easy to live with it,” Grosjean told the French magazine Auto Hebdo ahead of the Belgian grand prix, where once again Briton Palmer will occupy his black and gold car early on Friday.

“I don’t know any driver who gladly gives up his seat.

“Losing an hour and a half of practice is not an ideal situation — if Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren do not do it, it is because they believe it is counterproductive,” he insisted.

“It is the same for our team, but it helps us to survive,” Grosjean explained. “That’s why we have to accept it.

“The best I can do is to show that I am competitive and be ahead of my teammate,” he added.

Asked if it is difficult to understand why he and Maldonado cannot share the ignominy of sitting out for Palmer, Grosjean admitted: “Partly, yes.

“I think it’s unfair, but that’s life.”

Related News

  • 24/04/2015 Maldonado ‘refused’ to sit out Friday practice Apr.24 (GMM) Pastor Maldonado is refusing to budge as Lotus attempts to accommodate 'Friday' driver Jolyon Palmer. In China and Bahrain, Maldonado's race teammate Romain Grosjean sat out […]
  • 21/05/2015 Grosjean to keep sitting out Fridays May 21 (GMM) Romain Grosjean will continue to give up his cockpit in Friday practice sessions in 2015. Recently, tension was clearly brewing between the Frenchman and his Lotus teammate […]
  • 09/10/2015 Uncertainty still hanging over Lotus Oct.9 (GMM) Renault has signed a letter of intent, but that does not mean life at Lotus suddenly became comfortable. The Enstone team refuted rumours that it was locked out of its […]
  • 27/08/2015 Lotus cars finally leave Belgium Aug.27 (GMM) Four days after the Belgian grand prix, Lotus and its black and gold cars have finally left Spa-Francorchamps. All of the Enstone team's transporters and race equipment had […]
  • 16/02/2015 Grosjean not expecting winning Lotus in 2015 Feb.16 (GMM) Lotus is not expecting a return to the top step of the podium in 2015. In 2012 and 2013, when the returning Kimi Raikkonen was at the wheel of the black and gold car, the […]
  • 04/09/2015 Grosjean not treating Monza as last Lotus race Sep.4 (GMM) Romain Grosjean has not denied paddock speculation that, if the Renault deal now falls through, Monza could be Lotus' final appearance at a grand prix. On the one hand, the […]
  • 19/08/2015 All eyes on new race start rules at Spa Aug.19 (GMM) A big talking point at Spa this weekend will be the FIA's new rules regarding race starts. The mid-season change has divided paddock opinion, with some applauding the shift […]
  • 24/08/2015 Force India enters frame for Renault deal Aug.24 (GMM) Force India has joined in the running to become Renault's works team, it emerged after the Belgian grand prix on Sunday. The news is surprising, following earlier reports […]
  • 30/10/2015 Lotus-Renault buyout still looking uncertain Oct.30 (GMM) With the Renault buyout still not done, the prevailing mood of uncertainty remains at Lotus for now. It could be that Red Bull's eleventh-hour efforts to patch up its broken […]
  • 24/09/2015 Lotus’ struggles laid bare, no news on Button retirement Sep.24 (GMM) Lotus' financial woes were laid literally bare at Suzuka on Thursday. Crates of equipment were laying wet in the paddock, the hospitality unit was completely empty as the […]