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The Inside Line - on Lotus's Romain Grosjean 10 Aug 2012

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 26 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 29 July 2012 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Eric Boullier (FRA) Lotus F1 Team Principal and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrates.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 29 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 29 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 28 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012

It’s not often you get a second chance in Formula One racing, but Lotus’s Romain Grosjean is one of the lucky few, returning to the sport this year, two seasons on from his debut with Renault. We caught up with Grosjean to find out about what makes him tick off the track and he had a few surprises in store. He discusses his disdain for hypocrisy, his love of Haribo and how he could turn his hands to cookery if the racing career doesn’t work out….

Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Romain Grosjean:
I am a very good sleeper. I don’t wake up in the night very often as I leave reflecting on the day to the daylight hours. (laughs)

Q: If you could banish one thing from your life - for the rest of your life - what would that be?
RG:
Hypocrisy.

Q: What’s been your most valuable life lesson?
RG:
You always learn I guess. Recently a friend of mine had a big crash at a Le Mans test. He broke his back and the predictions were that he would never be able to walk again. After only one and a half months he was walking again. His view on life has completely changed and he’s thankful for every single step that he takes. So I think a bit of humility would suit all of us.

Q: What do you admire?
RG:
People who commit themselves 100 percent in any circumstance.

Q: If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
RG:
To be less shy and more open.

Q: If your racing career ended after this season, what would you do with the rest of your life?
RG:
It is no secret that I have gastronomic talents, so I would try to work in a restaurant and maybe open a restaurant one day. I know many Michelin star-rated French chefs - and luckily for me they are all Formula One fans - so I am sure I would find a place to develop my talents further.

Q: What animal best reflects your personality?
RG:
A dove for fidelity. That’s what my wife hopes I am. (laughs)

Q: What is more important than winning?
RG:
Health.

Q: What would you spend your last dollar on?
RG:
Something to eat.

Q: What is your biggest weakness?
RG:
That I struggle to say no to people. (laughs)

Q: What’s your ultimate comfort food?
RG:
Candies. Haribo in particular. I always have them in my room.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?
RG:
Unpack my bag and read the world news on the internet.

Q: What scares you?
RG:
On a very trivial level it would be snakes. On a more philosophical level it would be to lose something that you don’t want to lose.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?
RG:
The smell of fresh apple pie. For sure, it is not fuel or burnt tyres.

Q: What’s the best advice you have been given?
RG:
Never give up.

Q: Are you the man you always thought you would become?
RG:
Not at all. When I was a kid I wanted to become a gold digger in the desert!

Q: What makes home feel like home?
RG:
Maybe the feeling that nothing can happen to you when you’re home.

Q: When were you happiest?
RG:
Well, my wedding a few weeks ago is a good example of a happy moment. (laughs)

Q: What event can you not forget but would wish you could?
RG:
I think that every event - even the toughest ones - teaches you something, so I don’t want to forget them. I want to keep them with me and learn from them - otherwise I would be doomed to repeat them.

Q: If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
RG:
I don’t mind where as long as I am with my wife and happy. I love Mauritius, I love France, I love Switzerland so until I find my ultimate place I will move among these places.

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