Grosjean pleased to make up lost ground
14 May 2012 – After demonstrating very promising pace on Friday before losing almost the whole of Saturday’s final practice session in Spain, Romain Grosjean was content after crossing the Sunday finish line in fourth position. Five races into his F1 comeback season, the Franco-Swiss is eighth in the World Championship standings.
From third on the grid, his day started with contact at Turn 3, with his front wing puncturing the left-rear tyre of Sergio Pérez’s Sauber.
“We lost position at the start and with it a bit of front wing too!” Grosjean smiled. “It was cooler today, which didn’t suit us so much. Despite that, I am very happy with P4 - especially when you look at yesterday, when I missed all of the final practice session.”
With Kimi Räikkönen having collected a second straight podium finish at Barcelona, Lotus scored more points than any other team yesterday – 27 in total.
“Both cars finishing strongly in the points is great for the team,” Grosjean added. “It was pretty difficult for me at the start of the race, as it was hard to get the front working properly with the wing damaged, but we made some changes and at the end of the race the car was really flying.
“I think we made the right decisions today; if you told us we could finish third and fourth at the beginning of the weekend, we’d have taken it.”
With no French Grand Prix on the calendar, the next event in Monaco – staged in a fortnight’s time – will be the closest to Grosjean’s home nation.