Grosjean upset to lose second place
6 October 2013 – Romain Grosjean believes the appearance of the Safety Car during Sunday's Korean Grand Prix was pivotal in him losing second position, with Lotus team-mate Kimi Räikkönen getting close enough to make a move after pitting at the same time.
Although Räikkönen is confident that he would have been able to achieve the same result under normal circumstances, Grosjean reckons the situation played into the Finn's hands, with the decisive pass coming in between the two caution periods.
"It was good to be very close to the Red Bull," began Grosjean, "but unfortunately for me and luckily for Kimi the Safety Car came and we had to pit at the same time. We wanted to get a little bit of an advantage, but I made a small mistake which is my fault. Then Kimi passed me and there were yellow flags, so I couldn't use the DRS."
Grosjean was satisfied with his overall race performance at the Yeongam circuit, however, the Frenchman returning to the rostrum for the first time since the German Grand Prix: "I tried to push hard at the end and it's good to be back on the podium."