Mixed feelings as Grosjean charges to sixth
8 July 2012 – Romain Grosjean’s drive was arguably the greatest of the day at Silverstone. The Franco-Swiss charged through the field to sixth position, having previously contacted with Paul di Resta and been forced to make a pit-stop at the end of the first lap.
As the field diced for position on the run to Aintree Corner, Grosjean’s left-front wing endplate sliced the right-rear tyre of di Resta. The Lotus crawled back to the pits but the Force India, housing one of three home drivers, retired soon after.
“There was a bit of confusion,” Grosjean explained. “I was on the outside and the Force India came from the inside to touch my front wing with his rear wheel – that was a shame, but there is nothing you can do in those situations. Really, the best thing is to just qualify on pole or in second place and make it easier through those first corners…”
Grosjean is one of only two drivers to have made Q3 qualifying at every race so far this year, with the other being Lewis Hamilton. Despite his obvious disappointment at slipping down the order today, he has been boosted by the recovery.
“The result isn’t fantastic but the way my race went, going from 22nd to sixth place, is very good,” he began to sum up, having finished only seven seconds behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen. “To come so far up in the points after having to change my nose cone is quite unbelievable and the team did a great job to give me such a good car.”
Grosjean sits a solid seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and has increased his advantage over 2009 World Champion Jenson Button to 11 points.