The Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has said that it is about time the critics moved on focusing on the first lap incidents of the Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and allowed him to race properly.

The 26-year-old Romain Grosjean has been subject to intense criticism over the last few weeks for the number of first lap incidents he has had during the season. It even led to the Red Bull driver Mark Webber recently suggesting that he is a first lap nutcase. This has led to speculation that he will not be allowed to drive for any team in the forthcoming F1 season.

However, the Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has dismissed suggestions that the team is looking for a replacement for the Russian driver. He has backed the 26-year-old to become one of the best drivers in Formula One. He has said that the quality within the 26-year-old is not doubtable, and is confident that he will improve with experience under his belt. Romain Grosjean has managed to cause seven first lap incidents in his first full season in the Formula One sport. He was recently involved in a clash with Mark Webber at the recent Japanese Grand Prix.

“It’s definitely time for us to draw the line and move on, but more importantly it’s also time for Romain to put it in the past for himself. Despite a lot of pressure, he drove a good clean race in Korea and I fully believe he now understands what he needs to do to avoid these things in the future. Romain’s target for the rest of the season is clear – to build on the platform he created in the last race and help the team push for maximum points in the last four races,” Boullier said after the Korean Grand Prix.