Raikkonen, Schumacher cost Grosjean a win

© Ubaid Parkar, 29 July 2012
© Steven Tee/LAT Photographic/Lotus

Romain Grosjean was left disappointed with his third place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday as he believed that he stood with a good chance of winning the race.

The Frenchman, who qualified second, made a good start maintaining his position at Turn 1 as he defended from the charge of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel only to be obstructed by another multiple German champion in the later stages.

Grosjean had a good battle for the lead with Lewis Hamilton all through the first two stints, but then he found himself stuck behind the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher “who didn’t respect the blue flags at all” costing the Lotus driver a lot of time.

“Because of this I lost a place to Kimi (Raikkonen), and at the same time a possible chance to fight for the win,” he said.

Grosjean was diplomatic about Raikkonen's manoeuvre at Turn 1 after the Finn’s final pit stop, when the 2007 world champion practically pushed his teammate off the track to take over second place.

"He did what he had to do to not let me pass," said Grosjean, who sounded confident he would have caught Hamilton. "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."

 

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