Lotus had to be intelligent, says Grosjean
24 September 2012 – Singapore marked the first Formula 1 race for Romain Grosjean since the Belgian Grand Prix, after which the Frenchman was banned for causing a multiple collision. In Marina Bay on Sunday night, he finished seventh after allowing title-contending team-mate Kimi Räikkönen - who was also quicker at that stage of the race - to overtake.
“It was a tough race but not a bad result in the end,” Grosjean said. “I made a good start, managed to hold position when things got quite close through the first few corners and the car felt pretty good throughout. Our performance was much better than what we would have expected at the start of the weekend.
“Of course, I dropped a position to Kimi as well; he was quicker than me towards the end of the race and there was no sense in holding him up. It’s never easy, as a driver, to let someone past – even if it is your team-mate – but we need to be intelligent in these circumstances.
“My target is to be as close to Kimi as I can in terms of pace and we achieved that, so after a difficult start to the weekend I think we can be pleased with this result.”
With six races remaining in 2012, Grosjean sits eighth in the Drivers’ Championship and 11 points behind Nico Rosberg, who finished Sunday’s race in fifth position.