Romain Grosjean says his 2013 form has helped him shed the image of being Formula 1's bad boy.
The Lotus driver became the first driver in two decades to earn a race ban when he triggered a massive first-corner clash in the Belgian Grand Prix last year. He had been involved in seven early-race incidents prior to that Spa clash.
Grosjean says that he has worked to eliminate such mistakes during his second full season in F1 and has shed his previous wild image as a consequence.
"I try to stay away from incidents as much as I can," he explained. "I didn't change but I have improved. I have been working hard and that is not a secret and I think I have showed on the track.
"For sure I am not anymore the black sheep in the middle of the field. It makes life easier. I am happy with the progress I did and now I feel pretty good. Very often [I am] fighting at the front and I like it."