Romain Grosjean: no need for Lotus to lament 2013 F1 run-in

Romain Grosjean says there is no reason for Lotus to feel upset that it did not finish its campaign on a high

Romain Grosjean: no need for Lotus to lament 2013 F1 run-in

The Enstone-based outfit had been chasing third place in the constructors' championship over the final races of the campaign.

But its hopes were dashed when Grosjean suffered a spectacular engine failure early in the Brazilian GP and Heikki Kovalainen failed to score any points.

The result may have left the team fourth overall, but Grosjean still reckons Lotus should be happy about a strong second half to the campaign that netted him four podium finishes.

"It was not the way we would have liked to have finished, that is for sure," Grosjean told AUTOSPORT.

"For the guys, three of my mechanics it was their last race, so I would have liked to have finished on the podium and it would have been good to keep the momentum.

"But I think we can still be very proud of what we did in the last few races."

Grosjean watched the race with his engineers and reckoned the front graining that rivals suffered on the green track surface would have played in to his team's hands.

"I don't know what we could have done in the race, but I think we could have been third or fourth if you look at the degradation and our normal pace," he said.

"The car felt alright early on and it was clearly front graining for most of the guys, something we have been pretty good at dealing with if you look at Korea."

shares
comments
Force India: tyre changes scuppered F1 2013 fight with McLaren
Previous article

Force India: tyre changes scuppered F1 2013 fight with McLaren

Next article

Nico Rosberg: beating Lewis Hamilton a key 2014 Formula 1 goal

Nico Rosberg: beating Lewis Hamilton a key 2014 Formula 1 goal
How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022