Grosjean: Q1 plan a joint decision
26 October 2013 – Romain Grosjean has refused to pin the blame on Lotus for his shock exit from the opening qualifying phase at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday afternoon.
The Frenchman was one of only two drivers along with ultimate pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel to use just the Medium compound tyre in the opening phase, but he narrowly missed the cut-off point for Q2 amid a flurry of improvements from rival drivers.
Although disappointed about the prospect of starting the race from 17th position, Grosjean remained philosophical, and made clear that it was a joint decision.
"We planned a cut-off time before qualifying and all the cars ran quicker than we expected," said Grosjean. "We were more or less where we wanted to be, but it seems it was much tighter and the Option tyre performed better than this morning.
"I made the decision as well, it is not right to blame the team or myself. We just missed it for some reason. We will look at why but sometimes it just happens."
Kimi Räikkönen – using the Soft compound tyre – finished sixth fastest in the sister Lotus machine, outqualifying Grosjean for the first time since the Italian Grand Prix.