Grosjean had only targeted points finish
10 June 2012 – As Romain Grosjean collected a second Formula 1 podium finish in Canada on Sunday, no-one was more surprised than the Frenchman himself. Having conserved his tyres when necessary on a one-stop strategy, the Lotus driver took advantage of Sebastian Vettel’s second pit-stop before overtaking Fernando Alonso with four laps to go.
Furthermore, Grosjean did not know he was fighting Alonso for second place.
“I didn’t realise I was third and then saw Fernando slowing down – and I was second,” he smiled. “It was just a crazy end to the race because I was thinking of P4 or P5. The pace was just there for us and the team did a fantastic job – we’re in good shape.”
From 12th on the grid, team-mate Kimi Räikkönen finished eighth; he and Grosjean are now separated by just two points for a top six position in the Drivers’ Championship.