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Lotus on the podium: Grosjean success on fear track

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'If someone had asked me at 2 pm this afternoon, then I would not have believed that a podium was possible. Our strategy Predictions spoke of 5th place in the ideal case. That would have been a great result. But then we were faster than expected and our competitors had problems ', beamed Lotus operations manager Alan Permane after Romain Grosjean 3rd place.

It was the first podium for the driver since the GP USA 2013. The Frenchman still remembered the jubilee day in Austin almost 2 years ago: 'Me was a bit drunk at the press conference at the time because I drank a little too much champagne with Sebastian (Vettel) on the podium '.

Memory of Grosjean crash 2012

But Grosjean also remembered times when things weren't going so well. In 2012, the Lotus driver triggered a mass collision at the start at the same point in Spa. Grosjean was even banned from a race afterwards.

Since then, the relationship to the Ardennes Course has been divided: 'Afterwards I worked with a psychiatrist who specializes in athletes. There are many athletes who work like this and thus overcoming their problems. That helps you to classify things and then perform like today. '

Grosjean drove a courageous race and ensured action with some overtaking maneuvers at the end of the long straight. 'That was really fun. I enjoyed every lap. I braked as hard as I could. That was probably one of my best races. I almost cried on the last lap,' beamed the native of Geneva after the 10th formula 1 trophy of his career.

No duel against Vettel

The fans had to attack Sebastian Vettel unfortunately renounce. A flat tire decided the duel without a fight in Grosjean's favor. 'He would certainly have had a good chance in a direct duel. We knew that Sebastian's tires would wear off more and more at the end of the race,' said engineer Permane's analysis. Grosjean experienced a moment of shock in the crucial scene: 'I was right behind Sebastian and when his tire flew away it was a bit scary.'

With Monza, the next high-speed track is waiting in 2 weeks. Permane hopes for a similar result: 'I see no reason why that shouldn't be possible. Our car works with the configurationlittle downforce very good. 'Grosjean warned against too much optimism:' You never know what will happen there. Hopefully it works as well as it does today. But now I think about where to get a good drink tonight. '

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