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Romain Grosjean may have shed the title of a ‘first-lap nutcase’ after the Frenchman kept his nose clean bringing the car home to give his team six valuable points.
Starting from seventh from the grid, the Lotus driver maintained his position at the end but more importantly he ensured that he wasn’t involved in any detrimental scuffles throughout the 55-lap race.
“For sure I was a bit nervous starting the race, but we did a lot of work this week trying to understand a few things and it’s certainly helped,” Grosjean said.
“It wasn’t the easiest start; there was contact behind me at Turn 3 and I took evasive action but after that it was quite straight forward,” he pointed out.
“Maybe we could have achieved one place better – I think I now know every detail of Force India’s car after spending so much time battling with Nico (Hulkenberg) – but I’m happy to make it to the chequered flag after a good, clean race,” he added.
His team too was pleased with an outing bereft of any incidents.
“It was good to see Romain drive very sensibly despite all the pressure that is on his shoulders; I think he is learning from this experience and it will only make him a stronger driver,” reckoned team principal Eric Boullier.