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Michael Bailey , Formula One correspondent
Monday, June 11, 2012
Romain Grosjean collected his best Formula One result to date as Lotus added another podium to their 2012 tally in Canada.
The Hethel-backed constructor already has more points after just seven rounds than they mustered in the whole of 2011, with the Frenchman earning podium number four of the year as Lotus sit third in the teams’ standings.
And although 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen continues to find the going a little tougher, Grosjean is proving to be something of a revelation on his first full season in F1.
The 2011 GP2 champion climbed from seventh to second in Montreal, sailing past Fernando Alonso and his rapidly deteriorating tyres to finish behind eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.
“It’s been a great day for the team,” said Grosjean. “It was an incredible race and the one-stop strategy worked perfectly for us.
“It wasn’t an easy race, but we wanted to be aggressive to achieve a good result. It wasn’t easy to manage the second set of tyres for so long, but it worked so I’ll happily do that again for another result like today.
“It’s fantastic to finish in second position on my first visit to Montreal, hopefully I will finish in first on my second time! I would like to thank the entire team for the amazing job we’ve done this weekend.”
Only Lotus, Red Bull and leaders McLaren have broken the 100-point barrier in the constructors’ championship, while Räikkönen remains two points ahead of his team-mate in the drivers’ standings – sitting sixth.
But following his ninth-placed finish in Monaco with eighth in Canada will not have been the Finn’s idea of success.
“The car was a bit better in the race than it was in qualifying – I seemed to get stuck behind people a few times,” bemoaned Räikkönen, who had started 12th on the grid. “We had a chance to do a bit better, but it didn’t quite all come together.
“We scored points again so that’s always a good thing, especially this season. Qualifying wasn’t perfect so obviously that left us with more work to do. If you start further forward it’s easier to finish higher up the order – we’ll try to achieve that in the next race.”