Grosjean impressed with rapid gearbox change
17 November 2012 – Romain Grosjean has thanked Lotus mechanics for a quick gearbox change in between Austin’s final practice and qualifying sessions. Although the swap does mean the Frenchman now carries a five-place grid penalty, he will still start ninth on Sunday.
“Apart from the gearbox problem, it’s all gone very well today. We’ve understood a difficult and evolving circuit and found a good setup. I’m happy to be where I am and at least I will be on the good side of the track for the start tomorrow.”
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen now inherits Grosjean’s fourth place starting position at the new Circuit of the Americas.