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Grosjean disappointed with third

Romain Grosjean says he is disappointed to only finish third in Hungary
Romain Grosjean said he was disappointed to only finish third in the Hungarian Grand Prix after one of his strongest performances of the season to date.

The Lotus driver qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time and then produced a strong showing in the opening two stints of the race to keep the pressure on Lewis Hamilton at the front of the field.

However, Grosjean lost a place to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the final round of stops to end up third and the Frenchman said he had hoped for more.

“It's a good result for the team, but to be honest I'm a bit disappointed,” he said. “We had a good battle for the lead with Lewis all through the first two stints, but then I got stuck behind Michael [Schumacher] who didn't respect the blue flags at all which cost me a lot of time.

“Because of this I lost a place to Kimi, and at the same time a possible chance to fight for the win. It's very hard to overtake here; every time I came close to someone in front I would lose a bit of front end grip which made it impossible. Still, that's racing and we've take home a lot of points for the Constructors' Championship which is a real positive.”

While Grosjean was personally disappointed with the result, technical director James Allison insisted it was a great weekend for the Enstone-based squad as a whole, with the two drivers together on the podium for the second time this season.

“It was an excellent race from both our drivers, from the E20 and from the whole team,” he said. “We made very strong progress with a good haul of Drivers' and Constructors' points today.

“We're only just past the halfway mark in the season so it's not fantasy to think that we're still in the hunt in both championships. The general trend is of our car getting stronger and I hope that we can press that home in the coming races.”




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Terminator - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 2:09 AM

Just shows how much Kotus have come and how quick their drivers are that they are still disappointed over 2nd and 3rd. Hope to see both Kimi and Romain win a race this year.



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