Grosjean shocked to reach podium
27 October 2013 – Romain Grosjean says he was stunned to reach the podium at the Indian Grand Prix, having started 17th after a strategic error in the opening qualifying phase on Saturday.
The Lotus driver, who was one of only two drivers along with Adrian Sutil to pull off a one-stop plan, sealed third position after a late battle with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen, and described himself as "very proud" to extend his podium run to three races.
"Not at all," said Grosjean, when asked if he had expected such a strong resurgence. "I would not have bet a penny on me being on podium. We did a very brave strategy. It paid off and we're back on the podium. The team were fantastic and I'm very proud."
Of his battle with Räikkönen, the Frenchman added: "Kimi was in a difficult situation. I went for the outside and he didn't see [me at] that point. I lost a little bit of time. But it's good that we’re on the podium and we still have a very strong car for the next races."
Räikkönen, who was forced into a late pit-stop, ultimately finished in seventh position.