Mixed feelings for Grosjean and Räikkönen
15 April 2012 – The 2012 Chinese Grand Prix was very much a race of mixed results for Lotus. Kimi Räikkönen may have run second but, once passed by Sebastian Vettel, he soon lost ten positions in just two laps as his tyres were destroyed. His team-mate, on the other, bounced back from a poor start to the season with a career-best result.
“We tried to run two stops, as it looked to be the fastest strategy, and up until the last ten laps it was looking good, but we ran out of tyre performance at the end,” said the 2007 Champion, who started fourth but finished 14th.
Romain Grosjean’s season had started with two impressive qualifying performances but as many visits to a gravel trap. He turned that around by finishing sixth.
“It was a very good race, I really enjoyed it,” beamed the reigning GP2 Champion. “Unfortunately, I made a little mistake fighting with Mark (Webber) but overall it was a good performance. The car felt great and the team did an amazing job to give us such a big improvement from Friday, so I’m especially happy for the guys to be able to finish the race and get some good points on the board.
As Mercedes won today’s race, the silver arrows have jumped ahead of Lotus and are now fifth in the Constructors’ table – the pair are separated by just two points.