Grosjean: Raikkonen did what he had to do to not let me pass
29 July, 2012
Jul.29 (FIA-Apex) Romain Grosjean enjoyed one of his better weekends of the season, in Hungary, where in the race he was constantly in the hunt for a podium spot with third place his result.There was even the possibility of victory for the Frenchman contesting only his 18th grand prix.
But against two of the fastest and most talented drivers of this generation – Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – he had to settle for third best and in the process gave the entire Lotus team heart palpitations as he went wheel to wheel (literally!) with his Lotus teammate in the battle for second place.
How was that moment for you when you were wheel to wheel with Kimi Raikkonen?
Romain Grosjean: It just happens. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind another car, which had been [blue] flagged but didn’t let me past on [that] lap. I lost 1.5 seconds. I wasn’t very happy at that stage to be honest because I had been fighting for the win the whole race with Lewis and suddenly you get stopped by something you cannot really manage. Basically it was close with Kimi. He did what he had to do to not let me pass. I went a little bit on the outside and got the marbles on the tyres and then I struggled to recover. It is what it is.
And it was pretty close with Sebastian in the first corner of the first lap as well?
RG: Yeah, it was the same story as with Kimi. Kimi was inside of my [car] and I was inside of Sebastian['s car]. So it was all right.
How close were you? The gap seemed to go out and come back when you were behind Lewis.
RG: It’s really difficult to follow another car here, to be close and not do any mistakes. When I was following Lewis sometimes I was losing a little bit the grip of my tyres. Then I had to recover a little bit. Our first pit stop was a disaster. The second one was OK. We didn’t get the chance to jump in on the pit stop strategy. I think that was the only key today because overtaking is really too difficult. You can feel that you’re sliding tyres, losing the grip, sliding more and it gets worse and worse. So it’s very difficult to follow,
So a little bit disappointed with third place?
RG: Yeah a little bit today I think. We were really close to fighting for the win. But as I said I got stuck behind another car under blue flags that didn’t really respect it.
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