Grosjean much happier with car balance
21 April 2013 – Romain Grosjean was in high spirits after securing his first podium finish of the season at Sakhir on Sunday afternoon, with the Frenchman following home Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen to repeat the 2012 podium.
Having struggled for car balance over the course of the first three races, Grosjean delivered a fiesty drive to progress from 11th to third in an action-packed Grand Prix, a result which has filled him with confidence for the remainder of the campaign.
"The first three races were consistent but not what we wanted," Grosjean said after the race. "We have worked hard as a team to find out what has been missing with the car and today we got it. I had a better feeling in the car; we have finally succeeded."
Grosjean revealed that he had been planning to mirror Räikkönen's two-stop plan, but he was forced into a strategic change after collecting debris in the opening stint.
"The idea was that I would make two pit-stops like Kimi, but I got some debris under the car and we had to go for a three stopper," Grosjean explained. "The race was a bit more difficult from that point, but we had some nice fights and I am very happy to be here on the podium like last year. Hopefully we can keep scoring good results now."
Grosjean's points haul, in addition to Räikkönen's result, elevates Lotus above Ferrari in the Constructors' standings, with the Enstone-based team now occupying second.