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RaceFans Round-up: “I was convinced I was ready when I came in and I wasn’t”

In the round-up: Romain Grosjean said he is a “very, very different” driver to when he first arrived in the sport with Renault in 2009, in the European Grand Prix.

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Grosjean was responding to report he and Haas team mate Kevin Magnussen will be replaced by an all-rookie line-up for the 2021 F1 season:

Obviously in my days we were probably a little bit less prepared than the drivers are nowadays. The young categories got really more professional. So I think it’s not easy to compare.

The only thing I can say is that I was convinced I was ready when I came in and I wasn’t. And obviously I paid a heavy price at the beginning after 2009.

But I’m very much different [now]. I know exactly where we need to bring the car before the weekend. I know how to drive it, how to get the best out of it when it’s not going the way you want it. That’s really making a lot of difference.

But also rookies need to have their chance in Formula 1. I’ve been here for 10 years, blocking kind of a seat for 10 years, and if the team goes for two rookies well, good for them, and I wish them the best.


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