"[The podium] means quite a lot," he insisted, "It means that we're in good shape for working with the team who are improving every time. We had a bad Friday, with quite different conditions compared to today, and having to learn the track and the set-up of the car wasn't easy. I'm sure we could have achieved better, but we know it for the rest of the season. We are working quite well, so I'm pretty pleased with this podium. It means that we are still here after seven races and it was not one shot that we could get in Bahrain. We are still fighting at the front with good performance and the team is doing well with the E20."
Asked whether the Enstone team could add to the record seven winners from seven races that have opened the 2012 campaign, Grosjean - who now lies seventh in the championship, just 35 points out of the lead - admitted that there were still areas that needed to be worked on, but saw no reason why Lotus should be discounted.
"The gap is not that big," he pointed out, "We need to qualify better - that is not our strength this season, but we are working on it. I think Friday and Saturday were quite difficult for us, but we have been learning a lot about the car so it's good that we now have that in our pocket for the next races. Then you never know...."