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Grosjean, Raikkonen reflect on near miss

Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen reflect on their 'other' near miss in the Hungarian Grand Prix...
Romain Grosjean appeared to bear no ill-will towards Lotus F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, despite the pair coming perilously close to taking each other out of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Having qualified a superb second on Saturday afternoon, Grosjean lead the early pursuit of polesitter Lewis Hamilton, while Raikkonen came through from fifth on the gird, largely aided by a second stint that he managed to stretch five laps longer than his team-mate. As the Finn exited the pits after his final tyre change, Grosjean, determined to make up for a poor first stop, was bearing down on turn one. The two black-and-gold E20s then converged approaching the apex, with Raikkonen showing the wiles of experience by appearing to edge his 'rookie' team-mate just wide enough off line to claim the advantage.

"It just happens," Grosjean shrugged, "Unfortunately, I got stuck behind another car, which had been [blue]-flagged but didn't let me past on this lap, [so] I lost 1.5secs. I wasn't very happy at that stage to be honest, because I had been fighting for the win the whole race with Lewis and suddenly you get stopped by something you cannot really manage.

"It was close with Kimi, [and] he did what he had to do to not let me pass. I went a little bit on the outside and got the marbles on the tyres and then I struggled to recover. It is what it is."

Although contact appeared to be avoided, it would have been a heart-stopping moment for the Lotus pit-wall, particularly as the team had shown itself to be the closest thing to a rival for Hamilton and McLaren. Having seized the initiative, Raikkonen then proceeded to pull away from his team-mate and close down Hamilton's lead, getting to within a second of the Briton but ultimately having to settle for the third time in 2012.

"The team told me it was going to be very close," Raikkonen said of the incident with his team-mate, "I [also] made a mistake with the pit-lane speed-limiter, so it meant that, maybe five metres after the line, I was still on it - I really didn't do a very good job out of there. Luckily, [there] was enough [of a] gap and, [while] we were side-by-side in the first corner, I could keep my position quite easily. It was one of those things..."



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Emma - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 12:18 PM

This was awesome! I love that both drivers were being encouraged over their team radio's to race. Neither were told to give in to the other. That is exactly how racing should be. Full respect to Lotus.



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