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Grosjean: Waiting game paid off

Sunday 10-June-2012 21:27

Romain Grosjean had a clever one-stop strategy and some nifty driving to thank for his second podium position of the season at the Canadian GP.

The fact that Grosjean was able to pit just once and remain out until the end - and with great pace too - says something of the Lotus' easy riding form, with the Frenchman getting 49 laps out of a set of soft tyres while the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull faltered with the same strategy.

Grosjean's Lotus team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, had spoken in the build-up to the race that the team would thrive in warmer conditions and this proved just the case.

With those around him either requiring a second stop or going backwards on worn out tyres, Grosjean steamed through the field to finish second in Montreal behind Lewis Hamilton's McLaren.

"We thought about going for one stop and seeing what happened," explained Grosjean.

"The car felt pretty good. I was in a battle with Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg for a long time but I didn't know what they were doing. When Webber came in, I didn't realise I was third but my tyres were quite fresh. Then suddenly I went past Fernando Alonso who was slowing, and I was second. It was a crazy race."

The 26-year-old paid tribute to the Enstone team's efforts.

"The team did a fantastic job in giving me a car that was good on its tyres. We knew with the heat today we would be better. It's fantastic," he added.

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