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Lotus lose ground after troubled Suzuka outing

A small mistake it might be, but with the clamour for 'something to be done about Grosjean' building once again in the F1 paddock, it could yet have major ramifications for the driver and for the team in the final five races of the 2012 season.

Meanwhile Grosjean's team mate Kimi Raikkonen managed to salvage some points for the team after he finished sixth, despite being involved with Fernando Alonso's first lap retirement triggered when accidental contact with the Lotus tipped the Ferrai into a spin. Raikkonen was able to continue, and the points he managed to win mean that he stays in third position in the world championship albeit 37pts behind leader Alonso.

“Overall it was quite a difficult race," he admitted. "The good thing is we managed to score points to stay in touch in the championship.

"The start was very tight; I was alongside Fernando straight away and he kept moving further across until there was nowhere left to go," Raikkonen told the media after the race. "Sixth wasn't the result we were hoping for but unfortunately we didn't have the speed to do better today."

Asked about Raikkonen's lack of pace, Boullier wasn't able to point to any specific issues at Suzuka. "We couldn't put everything together in order to make this race more successful and gain more places," he said.

by Cameron Paterson



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30.08.2012- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team
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Taz

October 08, 2012 10:20 AM

@taliz Alonso hasn't been involved in 7/8 1st lap incidents in one year, the stats are there in black or white. It was a mistake by Alonso but he doesn't make them often.

Taz

October 08, 2012 10:07 AM

Big John looked like a broken man in the post race interviews, I honestly thought he was going to burst into tears. The guys confidence must be rock bottom. He's a very talented driver but it's hard to ignore that many mistakes. He's lucky his boss is also his manager, not sure what Lopez (main shareholder) makes of it though. If they didn't have Kimi they wouldn't be in 4th and the prize money would be a lot lower.



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