Romain Grosjean has signed his sixth podium this season, the fourth in the last five Grands Prix this Sunday in Austin. Preceded by the inevitable Sebastian Vettel, the French gave a Homeric resistance Mark Webber in the closing laps.
Unfortunately for him, there Vettel. Insatiable and untouchable, the German did not leave any chance to their opponents this weekend. The first of them, Romain Grosjean , nevertheless a remarkable performance this Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas. The French even titillated the time master in the first relay by posting lap times very close to those of the Red Bull . Time only as the world champion then enquille the times of emergency with maddening consistency.
Third on the grid, the Lotus driver, team leader for the early departure Raikkonen has first made a perfect start to occur in an ideal position in the now famous first corner of Austin and his impressive ascent. Despite a good flight, Webber finds himself embarrassed by Vettel and sees Grosjean whisper second place. “I think that’s what we could do better. It was a great start, that was the key. Keeping Webber behind was not easy, I was afraid of traffic not to live same as Suzuka but well able to manage all the parameters “comment on the French after the race on Canal Plus.
The intervention of the safety car after the crash Sutil changes nothing. The 2011 GP2 Series champion retains his position and place in an almost similar to the quadruple world champion pace. Warned, it keeps up the pace and almost four seconds ahead of the passage of the tenth round. The positions are frozen and the gap quickly rises to seven seconds. Webber hangs behind while the trio navigates in an inaccessible world to compete for the greatest merit of the common engine manufacturer Renault .
One Second Place So Far
Webber took advantage of the small error Lotus to replace. While both Red Bull stop at 27th (for Vettel) and 28th round (for Webber) Grosjean grows until the thirtieth lap to change tires. A tactic that has not paid since, with tires at the end of life, the French lost time and restarts just under the nose of Webber. The fight intensifies between the French and Australian. Webber dropped a second preserves its tires to better tackle the final sprint. “I was able to take care of the tires, I had my focus in turns 8 and 9 to keep the lead until the key turns, Grosjean analysis. C e was not easy to stay ahead of Mark I did everything 100%. was able to manage our fuel consumption, our KERS. they sometimes played the game Pirelli must let them breathe, calm things down, stand before re-attack. But I ‘ I managed to resist. ”
By dint of lap records, the two men locked in a good fight, as Grosjean wins in the last round, cracking the Australian betrayed by the wear of the rear tires. Awesome mature Grosjean sign a new podium, the fourth in five races and even escalates. The French had taken second place only once in his career in Canada in 2012. This new award accessit a remarkable end of season, highlighted by his boss. “It’s always a win to pick a Red Bull can enjoy Eric Boullier on Canal Plus. Romain has done brilliantly, with, I think his best race so far but it gets regular home.” To win, it will probably just wait. Unless Vettel is no longer as inaccessible the next weekend at Interlagos for the last meeting of the season.