'Grosjean had a perfect day'

Monday 23rd September 2013

Share:

'Grosjean had a perfect day'

'Grosjean had a perfect day'

Lotus were "annoyed" in Singapore on Sunday night as one driver's retirement resulted in the other achieving a podium finish.

Romain Grosjean had a strong start to his Singapore Grand Prix and had looked to be incontension for a top-three result before an engine issue resulted in his retirement.

The visibly frustrated Frenchman was called into the pits for engine partner Renault to refill his compressed air reservoir only for him to park his E21 laps later.

Grosjean's demise, though, meant when the 61 laps played out, his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was on the podium.

"We've never been so annoyed to get a podium," Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane told Autosport.

"Romain had a perfect day pretty much. He didn't have a great first lap, but I defy anyone to keep Fernando behind them on the first lap. He was just doing his first lap and would have been third without a doubt.

"It was an engine air leak in the end. It is somewhere inside the engine with the air valve system.

"We tried to fix it. There was a bit of hope in trying to top it up, but after that it got worse and we had to stop him."

Turn Up The Lights, It's Race Day

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Lewis may have beaten Nico by 33 centimetres on Saturday, but on Sunday he finished 47 laps down the road...

Getting To Know Marchionne

Getting To Know Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...