Romain Grosjean’s season ended in a cloud of smoke in the Brazilian Grand Prix as his Lotus’ Renault engine expired on the first lap of the race.
However, it was a rare disappointment in a very strong final half of the season where the Frenchman scored four podiums in five races.
It marked a turnaround in form for the 27-year-old who has struggled to better his 2007 world champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen over a two-year period.
Grosjean was called a “first lap nutcase” by Red Bull’s Mark Webber after a series of first and second lap incidents in his first season with Lotus in 2012. Raikkonen comfortably outperformed his team mate that year, finishing third in the championship, with Grosjean eighth.
In the second season, it was much closer, with Raikkonen finishing fifth in the standings – albeit it missing the final two races to have back surgery – and Grosjean finishing a career-best seventh.
Overall, in two seasons as team mates, Raikkonen outperformed Grosjean in qualifying, with the Finn scoring a better grid slot 20 times to Grosjean’s 16. This year, Raikkonen beat Grosjean 8-2 in the first half of the season in qualifying, but Grosjean turned the tables in the second half, coming out 4-3 ahead.
When it comes to races, Raikkonen claimed two wins – one in each season – while Grosjean’s best finish was second. Raikkonen was more consistent, finishing in the points 33 times to Grosjean’s 24, with the Frenchman suffering a massive 12 DNFs to Raikkonen’s two. When both cars finished, Raikkonen beat Grosjean 18 times to 6.
Raikkonen had the better of Grosjean in the first half of this season, scoring six podiums to Grosjean’s two. His consistency was better, too, with 10 points finishes to Grosjean’s six and no retirements, while the Frenchman had two.
But as Grosjean matured in 2013, he outperformed Raikkonen four podiums to two and seven points finishes to four in the second half of the season. They shared retirements with two apiece.
Check out the statistics below to see how they fared against each other, including a breakdown of the two halves of this season. If Grosjean continues his form into next season, he should be a formidable team-mate for new recruit Pastor Maldonado.
Raikkonen v Grosjean stats compared (highest respective tally in bold)
Faster qualifying time: Raikkonen 20 / Grosjean 16
Poles: Raikkonen 0 / Grosjean 0
Front rows: Raikkonen: 1 / Grosjean 1
Wins: Raikkonen 2 / Grosjean 0
Podiums: Raikkonen 15 / Grosjean 9
Points finishes: Raikkonen 33 / Grosjean 24
DNFs: Raikkonen 2 / Grosjean 12
Ahead in two-car finish: Raikkonen 19 / Grosjean 6
Total points over two years: Raikkonen 390 / Grosjean 228
Highest championship placing: Raikkonen 3th (2012) / Grosjean 7th (2013)
*Does not include Italian Grand Prix 2012 as Grosjean was banned
First 10 races
Out-qualified team-mate: Raikkonen 8 Grosjean 2
Wins: Raikkonen 1 Grosjean 0
Podiums: Raikkonen 6 Grosjean 2
Points: Raikkonen 10 Grosjean 6
Retirements: Raikkonen 0 Grosjean 2
Final nine races*
Outqualified team-mate: Raikkonen 3 Grosjean 4
Wins: Raikkonen 0 Grosjean 0
Podiums: Raikkonen 2 Grosjean 4
Points: Raikkonen 4 Grosjean 7
Retirements: Raikkonen 2 Grosjean 2
*Does not include final two races as Raikkonen was absent and replaced by Heikki Kovalainen
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