Grosjean philosophical about first-lap accident during the British Grand Prix
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, July 8th 2012, 14:29 GMT|
Romain Grosjean believes his first-lap incident with Paul di Resta in the British Grand Prix was a simple Formula 1 start misunderstanding where no one was to blame.
Contact between the Lotus and the Force India in Silverstone's tight Arena complex left Grosjean with a broken front wing and sent di Resta spinning off the road with a puncture.
The Force India suffered too much damage to continue by the time it had got back to the pits, but Grosjean charged through to sixth after repairs.
"There was a little bit of confusion at Turns 3 and 4, and I was on the outside at Turn 3. The Force India came from the inside and just touched my front wing with his rear wheel," said Grosjean.
"It was a shame but there's nothing you can really do in these situations. I think the best thing is to qualify on pole or second place and then it's easier in the first corners..."
Grosjean said he was surprised and delighted with how well he was able to recover after the incident.
"The result itself is not fantastic, but the way the race went, from 22nd to sixth is very good," he said. "To come in the points after a change of nose is quite unbelievable, but the team did a great job to give me a car which was fantastic.
"The strategy with only one stop in the middle was quite risky, but it worked well, and there were some good battles on track with Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It was very enjoyable."