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.
“The car felt pretty good with the Prime (harder compound) tyres,” explained the reigning GP2 Champion, whose first F1 rostrum came in Bahrain. “I was fighting hard with Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber, but my tyres were still quite fresh when I saw Mark pit.”
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.