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Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean has stated that he doesn’t want to do any talking and wants to show his worth on the track behind the wheels as he fights to remain at the team for the 2014 season.
It was announced a few days back that the team’s first choice driver Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving at the end of the present season to rejoin Scuderia Ferrari for the 2014 season and partner Fernando Alonso and team principal Eric Boulier has stated that he is already in talks with several drivers as possible replacement for the Finn.
The departure of the Finn, in hindsight, should have strengthened the position of the Frenchman at Lotus F1 with the team eager to maintain some sort of consistency to back up the good work they have done with their car but he insisted that he intends to prove on the track all that he can that he deserves the shot to carry on.
Speaking to journalists, Romain Grosjean stated that he is firmly focused on the remainder of the season and do the best job he can on the tracks so that the team understands his true value. He also admitted that although there have been several movements in the driver market recently; he hasn’t been affected by it one bit.
He stated that there are still some fantastic races to look forward to and mentioned that it will be a busy couple of months and he mentioned that he will be doing the best job possible to ensure the team finishes the season strongly and the team is given their due at the end of the season.
Although Romain Grosjean has struggled for some time in recent races, since Germany, he has been a new man and is hopeful of a clear shot at number one.
Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber has vehemently denied that he ignored the marshals during the recently concluded Singapore Grand Prix. He has mentioned that things are not as being made up to be and he vehemently denies that he was told by the marshals to not walk on the race track during last weekend’s race.
The Australian had to retire during the last lap of the race and was left stranded on Turn Seven of the track before he walked back to the track and took a lift from Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso back to the pit lane. The governing body of Formula 1, the FIA has, however, stated that the race marshals had vehemently warned the Australian to not go back to the track.
However, according to Mark Webber, that was not the case. He posted a tweet on the popular social networking website Twitter recently where he stated that he had had absolutely no interaction with the race officials after the fire in his car was put out.
The Red Bull Racing driver, who will be leaving the team at the end of the season, had to retire from the race after his car ran out of water and the engine caught fire, prompting the marshals to rush to the scene and douse the flames. It was Alonso who stopped his car to give a life to Webber back to the pit lanes and the cars of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had to weave past his car to avoid hitting it while the Australian jumped onto the side pod.
Both Mark Webber and Alonso were reprimanded by the FIA and because it was the third offense by Webber, he was given a ten grid penalty that will be imposed at the upcoming Korean Grand Prix in a week.
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Force India driver Paul di Resta is confident that his team will fight back at the Hungarian Grand Prix which takes place next week and will be competing for a finish in the top five. Aside from retiring from the Malaysian Grand Prix, the German Grand Prix was the first time that di Resta has failed to get on the score board this season and the critics have put down this performance to the interim use of Pirelli tyres.
However, after he sampled the tyres that will be used at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and he is hopeful that the incident at the German Grand Prix will be just a one off. He mentioned that he was disappointed with the results at Germany simply because they have managed to score points in every race they have finished this year. He mentioned that the car got stuck in a bit of traffic and to be forced out with just one lap left to go was a bit disappointing.
He is also hopeful that the team will bounce back. He thinks that Force India is a team that can react quite quickly. He mentioned that the car was perhaps not suited to the track in Germany and once the team gets back to a normal track, it will again show signs that it is a very competitive car as it has shown throughout the season.
The driver, however, did not give away much when asked about what he thought of the new Pirelli tyres that will be used in Formula 1 from now on, joking that they were round and had the name of the manufacturer on the side. He did say that they are developing an understanding with the tyre and with time, they will know more about it than they do now.
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