Our top ten F1 drivers of 2013
Vettel might have run away with the title, but which drivers impressed TG this season?
Posted: 01 Jan 2014
5) Romain Grosjean
When it became apparent in the last handful of races that there was simply no way to get past the RB9s, Romain Grosjean also became the man you expected to be up there sharing the champagne with Vettel and Webber. And from where we were last year, that is quite extraordinary and a testament to Eric Boullier's faith in Grosjean and his ability to manage the best out of his driver.
This year, don't forget was Grosjean's third and almost certainly final chance at F1. His first came in 2009 when he replaced Nelson Piquet Jnr in the Renault team following the ‘crashgate' scandal. It didn't go well, and to see Grosjean back racing in GTs suggested the F1 dream was over. Then he went back to GP2 in 2011 and dominated. He deserved a second chance in F1 with Lotus in 2012 but we all know how that went.
Understandably then, RoGro was a little subdued at the start of this season. But those narrow shoulders are strong and - not surprisingly considering the path of his career - he's shown himself to be a remarkably cool customer, seemingly immune to pressure.
As the team fell out of love with Kimi, proved himself more than capable of leading the team both on and off the track. He's always been fast, and now by force of circumstance he's also the most mature of the new generation of drivers. Given the right car, a future champion.