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Felipe Massa has warned Romain Grosjean to adopt a careful approach to the first lap of Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.
Lotus driver Grosjean has shown glimpses of his speed and talent during 2012, but all too often he has found himself involved in incidents on the opening lap, with his tally for the season currently standing at eight.
The Frenchman received a one-race ban after he triggered a huge startline accident in the Belgian Grand Prix, which took championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton out of contention.
But he got himself into trouble again in Japan last weekend, running into the back of Mark Webber's Red Bull as he focused too much attention on the Sauber of Sergio Perez on his left.
Webber branded Grosjean a "nutcase" in the immediate aftermath, although an apology at least soothed the Australian's anger.
Massa, who claimed a first podium in two years in Japan thanks in part to Grosjean's mistake, will start one place ahead of the former GP2 champion in Yeongam on Sunday, and hopes he has learnt his lesson.
When asked if he was concerned about Grosjean's proximity to him on the grid, Massa said: "I think he needs to worry, not me.
"He was in a bit of trouble in the starts so I think he suffers already a lot with that. I think he needs to be careful and understand how to do the starts. I hope he understands that...he's a clever guy and a good driver as well so I'm sure it's not a difficult thing to learn and to understand."
When Massa's comments were put to Grosjean, he said: "He's in the front so if he makes a good start, he stays in front."
But he added: "I love racing so I am looking forward to the race.
"It's one minute 30 seconds that I need to work in the race then all the rest is almost very good.
"It's a work in progress, we had a step forward I think, this week was quite helpful in terms of working on myself and tomorrow I hope I am going to show it. Staying out of trouble, that's the plan."