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Romain Grosjean dispelled his critics by claimed a career-first podium finish in Bahrain on Sunday, running as high as second after passing Lewis Hamilton and eventually coming home third behind title holder Sebastian Vettel and Lotus team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.
The reigning GP2 Champion, who endured a tough stint with Renault when joining Formula 1 in 2009, has returned to the series this year and becomes the first Frenchman to score a podium finish since Jean Alesi at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.
“I think we’re doing some pretty good stuff,” he commented in the press conference, having retired early in both Australia and Malaysia before scoring in China last weekend. “It’s great. A great feeling so far. I’m very proud of the team; we know we had a good car but I think even we are a little bit surprised at where we are.
“We’ve got two cars on the podium and my own first podium feel pretty good; we’ll feel even better when we’re back on the plane home and able to relax.”
Grosjean now sits eighth in the Drivers’ Championship, which is led by Vettel.
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|6.||P. di Resta||Force India||+57.543|
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