Grosjean: Claiming the title was not easy
27 August 2011 – Lotus Renault GP test driver Romain Grosjean says claiming his maiden GP2 title was not an easy task at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, with the Frenchman battling through the extremely wet conditions to finish in third place and take home the points required to put the championship crown out of Giedo van der Garde’s reach.
"It was not an easy task today," the DAMS driver explained. "You know it can be like a last serve in a tennis game, but if you miss it, then it can turn things around quickly. If you don’t take any special risk, that does not protect you from bad things.
"I knew I was lucky to be on the right side today on the grid. I was in third place after the start and we had to wait to see if it was going to rain. It was the same for everybody, I was keeping a good pace and at the same time tried to save the tyres. We pitted at the right time. It was not a fantastic race, but it is the race where we did it (won the title).
"When they re-started the race, I was wondering because there was a lot of water on the track and honestly, I was not sure where Jules was so I was careful. There was a huge amount of water. I was checking everything in the car and I was trying to breath to keep calm, not make mistakes and finish the lap.
"I knew that I could be champion at the chequered flag. In this situation you only focus to stay on track. I was watching in the mirrors at every single brake to see if there was no car losing control and avoid any accident."