Indian GP: Romain Grosjean thanks Lotus for backing him

Romain Grosjean is thankful for the faith Lotus have shown in him despite his first-corner incidents this season.

The 26-year-old driver received a one-race ban for an incident in the Belgian Grand Prix and forced Red Bull's Mark Webber off the track recently in Japan.

However, Lotus are set to retain the Frenchman for next season.

"The team have been supporting me, so I'm very glad and very happy to be here. I think we want to go a long time together - that's the idea," he said.

If I can move on from the situation I've been through then things look very good for the future

Romain Grosjean

Grosjean caused a pile-up at the first corner at Spa in September when he moved rapidly across Lewis Hamilton's McLaren car, forcing himself, the British driver and two other cars into retirement.

That incident resulted in a severe sanction of a one-race ban and a £40,000 fine.

Then earlier this month in Japan, Grosjean was at fault again when he put Webber into a spin at the first corner but Lotus have not lost faith in their driver who is set to partner 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen again in 2013.

"I feel very good here, I'm very happy, and the car especially is good as well, which helps," he continued.

"But the faith and support the team have shown me has been very important at a difficult time.

"If I can move on from the situations I've been through then things look very good for the future."

For now, Grosjean, whose first race was the 2009 European Grand Prix, is adopting a safety-first approach at opening corners for the remaining four races of the season to avoid any further crashes.

The Lotus driver, who was ninth fastest in Friday's second practice in India, clearly ran wide at the first corner last time out at the Korean Grand Prix but he is not concerned about allowing his opponents an advantage.

"It's the first step of a new foundation, and I will keep the same approach this weekend," Grosjean explained.

"It was quite important for me, for the team, for everybody, to score points and get to the end of the race and have a strong race.

"I know other drivers are already taking advantage. They know I am under pressure and they will try to go for it, which is normal.

"But as I say, never mind that. If they overtake on the first lap I can get back the position later on."

Indian Grand Prix 2012, day two

  • Saturday, 27 October: Practice 3: 06:25 BST 5 live Sports Extra & online; Qualifying: 09:25 BST 5 live Sports Extra & online; Qualifying highlights: 13:00-14:15 BST, BBC One

Indian Grand Prix 2012, day three

  • Sunday, 28 October: Race: 09:30 GMT; Race highlights: 14:05-15:45 GMT, BBC One; repeated BBC Two 01:00-02:40 GMT