Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had an eventful but ultimately disappointing British Grand Prix after having to retire late on with a front wing failure.
The Frenchman collided with Mark Webber's Red Bull at the start and then proceeded to get involved in a series of entertaining scraps.
However, he couldn't find the form that saw him charge through the field to take sixth at Silverstone twelve months ago, and losing part of his front wing near the end put pay to his hopes of increasing his points tally.
“Towards the end of the race we lost quite a big part of the front wing meaning it became really difficult to drive, so in the end it was best to retire because of safety considerations,” Grosjean explained after the eighth round in the F1 2013 World Championship.
“We don't know if it was caused by some debris or something to do with the fact that it was a new part; we will be working to find out the root of the problem.”
“Before that my race wasn't going quite to plan and we were suffering with tyre performance. This was related to the front wing issue which started earlier in the race,” he continued.
“The safety cars didn't really go our way either so [overall] it's a race I'd rather forget.
"Let's go to Germany now and have a better weekend...”
by Philip Barclay