F1 » 9 July 2013
German Grand Prix: Grosjean not worried by team orders
Romain Grosjean believes that he will still get the chance to compete for F1 wins, despite being asked to cede to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in Germany.
Romain Grosjean insists that he is not concerned about being asked to allow his team-mate to pass him in the German Grand Prix, believing that he will have the opportunity to challenge for victory in future.
The Frenchman, who continues to endure speculation about his future at Lotus, showed that he could challenge eventual winner Sebastian Vettel at the Nurburgring but, following their respective third pit-stops, was asked to move aside for team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who had fitted the softer Pirellis in a bid to catch the German in a ten-lap sprint to the line.
While Raikkonen's bid came up short by just one second, Grosjean, who had taken on the harder medium compound ten laps earlier, crossed the line a further four seconds back, returning to the podium – and the points – for the first time since Bahrain.
“The first stint was amazing - seeing P1 on the board is always good,” he smiled, “The car was working much better than what we thought on the option tyres. After the first pit-stop, Seb and myself were quite a long way ahead of everyone else and it was looking like we would try and adapt the strategy depending on how we were going. Then the safety car came….
“It made it easy for strategy, but less good then for the traffic. Clearly, as a team, we had to put different eggs not in the same basket and change to different strategies for Kimi and myself. It appears that Kimi's one worked better, but it could have been the opposite. It's good to be back on the podium, and good to score strong points.”
Asked whether being told to let Raikkonen through effectively cast him into a 'number two' role, and effectively prevented him from thinking about winning races, Grosjean insisted that he still felt that he would get his chance to fight for the top step.
“When the opportunity comes, yes,” he claimed, “Today, as I said, we didn't put our eggs in the same basket and Kimi was quicker, [He] might have gained on Sebastian, but it didn't work. I think it was the right thing to do.
“It is important for a team to score points and try to get the win. Without the safety car, it would have been a different story, but we all got together and that was it.”
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