While all eyes were on Sebastian Vettel the real star of the Indian GP was Romain Grosjean, who stormed from 17th on the grid to third at the end.
Grosjean managed to get to the end on only one stop after offloading his soft tires on lap 13. Lotus team mate Kimi Raikkonen tried to do the same after pitting on lap seven, but didn’t make it.
“I honestly thought in seventeenth I had not a very big hope of this,” said Grosjean. “The best strategy, computer thing that we had was P4 but that was taking [in consideration] that we had a very good start and we were just behind the Force India on the first lap so that [scenario] was P13 or something like that, and everything was going as planned.
“We did not have a very good start. I lost quite a lot of time behind Gutiérrez in the middle of the race [who was] was quite defensive, let’s put it that way. And then I didn’t know how the tires were. So, being third today, I wouldn’t have bet a peanut on it. And it’s just great. I think the karma was good today.
“The car came back how it was on Friday. The race pace was really there. We did a very brave strategy – as we did yesterday. I think it was not the time to go safe and it paid off. We’re back on the podium, it’s quite amazing from where we started.”
The biggest drama he has was when he had a hard time getting past Raikkonen despite struggling badly with his tires.
“I knew I had to be careful to my engine, I knew Massa had much fresher tires behind so I didn’t want to lose time. I lost a little bit of time – but never mind. We are here on the podium and scored good points for the team and we still have a very strong car for the upcoming races.”Formula 1, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel