Romain Grosjean has hit back at the internet trolls he claims have made his life "painful" at times during his Formula 1 career.
Grosjean has endured some lean times over the years in F1, not least his race ban in 2012 after causing a pile-up at the first corner of the Belgian Grand Prix that led to him seeking out the help of a sports psychologist.
There have also been numerous highs, including his 10 podiums, although he has failed to finish in the top three throughout the past four seasons with Haas.
Grosjean concedes it has not always been easy to cope with the flak that has come his way.
“I’ve been through different phases,” said Grosjean in a recent F1 Instagram Live interview. “Sometimes I was watching [social media comments] and it was just painful.
“So I stopped watching, and, you know what? I got to a point and I was like, ‘I know exactly what I’m doing, I know what I’ve been achieving in Formula 1, I know what I’ve been achieving in my life', and if those guys decide that they will be harsh on me, I can reply in a funny way.”
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