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Italian Grand Prix: First lap incidents hamper Lotus

"I had a good battle with Lewis on the last lap," said Grosjean. "I think we did the best we could here in Monza and I hope that for Singapore we can get back to the level of performance that we had in Budapest."

Despite the lack of significant points from the day's work, Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier was still impressed by how Lotus had performed despite the setback in qualifying.

"If you want to be competitive for the championships you need to be able to fight every weekend at the front on Saturday as well as on Sunday," Boullier pointed out. "The positive from this weekend is that we showed fantastic race pace and both drivers drove exceptionally well. Romain withstood great pressure and performed great overtaking moves on both McLarens, Kimi fought back from a first lap incident in a superb display of his talents.

"The negative from this weekend is that we couldn't qualify where we needed to be," he admitted. "The results at the end of the race aren't rewarding for the team, but there are plenty of positives to take from the final European race of the season and we head to the final flyaway races with plenty of fight."




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Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
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