Racing for Lotus in 2012, Romain Grosjean received a message from his new team-mate Kimi Raikkonen that simply read, “let’s have no BS between us”.
Lotus fielded an all-new line up in the 2012 Formula 1 season with 2007 World Champion Raikkonen returning to the grid after a two-year absence while Grosjean was handed his first full season in the sport.
It was a good partnership for the team, the two claiming 10 podiums between them including a P1 for Raikkonen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
10 years on from that season, Grosjean recalls an “open” and “straight to the point” relationship his former team-mate.
“His conversation was definitely the opposite of his career: short!” he said in the Australian GP’s ‘In the Fast Lane’ podcast.
“But it was open, you know. We could share everything, and it was quite good.
“I remember when I got confirmed, he sent me a text message – and that was late 2011.
“And the text message was: ‘Happy for you, let’s have no BS between us, see you soon.’
“That was Kimi. Straight to the point, no long sentences, he just wanted to go and have fun racing – I admire that.
“Obviously in the last few years, he doesn’t have a good car, so he can only do what he can, but Kimi has been one of the greatest drivers of the last 20 years.”
2012 marked Raikkonen’s second stint back in the sport but the Finn will soon join Grosjean in being a Formula 1 spectator as he has announced that this year’s championship will be his last.
Grosjean missed out the opportunity for a farewell grand prix, the Frenchman’s car going up in flames when he crashed at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
He suffered burns to his hands, most notably his left hand, but that has not stopped him from returning to racing, Grosjean coming in the 2021 IndyCar series.
Flying hasn’t always been nice to my left hand but today I had a painless flight. And that feels good 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/49yYbHXiKF
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) October 4, 2021
“The right hand is absolutely 100 percent good,” he said. I just need to put some sun cream on when I go in the sun as it’s kind of a brand-new skin.
“The left hand is the one that got a little bit more damaged. I still have to do a skin graft in early November and there could be one more in 2022, so there’s still a bit of work to be done.
“It’s never going to be perfect. It is painful, but you learn to live with it. It’s not a huge pain, [but] it’s there all the time.
“To be fair, I can play with my kids, I can drive a car, I can live pretty much normally. There’s a couple of things where I’m slightly restricted, but I would say 95 percent works well.
“It’s not good looking, but that’s my soldier mark.”