Romain Grosjean was philosophical after an alternator failure put him out of the European Grand Prix.

Grosjean had been looking strong and was running second in his Lotus when he was forced to park it at two thirds distance. It was a real disappointment for the Frenchman, especially as up to that point many were tipping him to challenge Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race.

"Basically the car lost power and switched off," Grosjean said after the eighth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship. "I couldn't even call my engineer on the radio as the radio was dead.

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"The race was almost perfect up until that point: we had a good start and a good strategy. I don't think we were that far from our first win.

"The positives of this weekend though are that we battled right at the front and we showed good pace.

"Sebastian [Vettel] was very strong and I don't know if we could have caught him. [But] when he had his issue [and retired], I was in second place behind Fernando and it was then that I thought we could challenge for the lead because we knew that our tyre degradation was going to be less than his. Unfortunately fate decided otherwise..."