Date: 5th April 2012 at 8:50am
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Romain Grosjean has had a tough opening couple of races to the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

This of course isn’t his first taste of F1 having previously had seven races for the former Renault team in 2009.

But after failing to impress, the 25-year-old French driver returned to F1 this season with the Lotus team after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons in the GP2 Series, winning last seasons championship.

Unfortunately his race results in Australia and Malaysia have failed to improve on his previous results three years ago.

However while he has been forced into two early retirements Grosjean has impressed so far this season. In Melbourne Grosjean qualified 3rd much to the surprise of many in the paddock, but a promising weekend was ended following a collision with Pastor Maldonado on the opening lap.

The fact that Kimi Raikkonen went on to score some good points from a 7th place finish from 18th on the grid just showed the potential Grosjean had in Australia.

In Malaysia his luck deserted him again, qualifying 7th just two tenths of a second behind team-mate Raikkonen, a collision, this time with Michael Schumacher ended his race prematurely once again, while from 5th, his Lotus team-mate went on to take a 5th placed finish.

The performance from the Lotus is clearly there, but now its time for Grosjean to do it on a Sunday.

‘We can certainly say that we have good performance from the car, We’ve got through to Q3 at both races so the car is performing very well. We were able to fight for the front row in qualifying and the pace in the race is very good.’ ‘ Grosjean told Lotus’s website.

‘In China I hope we can have a more standard race with everything in order with regards to the start, the race – and not a crazy amount of water on track as we did at Sepang – and we can finally achieve the good result which we are capable of.’

‘When you make mistakes you have to admit it and not repeat that mistake. When it’s not your fault – well it’s not your fault. The first two races were tough and we didn’t get a result. On the other hand I know that we can do some great things in the future races. My season starts properly in China.’