Grosjean 'can forget troubles now' - engineer

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Kimi Raikkonen's car engineer, Brazilian Ricardo Penteado, thinks that Romain Grosjean can forget about 2012 year's troubles now

May 2 (GMM) Romain Grosjean has put his troubled start to the 2013 season firmly behind him, according to a Lotus team engineer.

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.

Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team

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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.

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