Romain Grosjean says he is pleased to come away from the Mexican Grand Prix with a points finish after struggling for grip on the soft compound Pirelli tyres.
The Lotus driver says he had to compensate for a lack of grip on the option tyres for the whole race weekend which prevented him from making any substantial progress through the field, but sees his solitary point for tenth place as a suitable reward for his efforts.
“It's good to score, even if it was only one point,” Grosjean said. “It was a long race and not easy as there was a lot to manage. The car was good on medium tyres, less so on softs. The safety car meant it was too risky not to come in and that meant finishing the race on the soft compound.
“This weekend was all about finding the grip and the track was definitely improving massively throughout the race. I think next year will be even more fun to drive once the grip has improved.”
After a difficult race in Mexico, Grosjean felt it was important for F1 to return to the country after a 23-year absence and with the weekend being a massive hit with the fans he expects the event to go from strength to strength next season.
“It was great to see so many people here today,” he said. “They are huge F1 fans and so knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to race in front of them, especially in the awesome stadium area where everyone was so passionate.”