Behind the untouchable Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), en route to a fourth world title in a row, the French Romain Grosjean (Lotus), third, and German Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), 4th, incarnated Sunday Korean GP the future of Formula 1 needs new blood.
To puncture Sergio Perez (McLaren) and neutralization followed (32nd on lap 37), it is Grosjean who arranged the suspense, never winning more than four seconds of Vettel untenable. What glimpse at any time, the possibility of a dramatic favorable to French pilot of 27 years, one year more than Vettel.
“I do not want to drive too close to him, not to use my tires too before losing the downforce. But I was still surprised by our race pace and the car was getting better. So I think the last relay would have been epic.if there was no safety car, as in Germany, “said Grosjean press conference.
Cut in its tracks by this positive neutralization, once again, to Vettel, the French then managed to better the second half after being surprised at the recovery by passing teammate Kimi Raikkonen. “It’s my fault and I did not have the board right away because there was a yellow flag at the next corner, no opportunity,” he said.
Sixth Podium Grosjean:
“Iceman” is a sacred hunter Finnish premiums for which each point earned is worth its weight in euros because his contract is based on a bonus system. It is ironed Sunday 3rd place in the championship, with his eighth podium of the season with six second places. But Roman is still on the podium, his sixth in 40 GP, next to two world champions.
After the second neutralization (38th to 41st round), due to the burning of the Red Bull of Mark Webber, “Hulk” took over to ensure the show, in his gray Sauber, the heart of a chasing pack including also two world champions worshiping the fight: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).
Without making the slightest mistake, despite constant pressure from both furious looking big points, Hulkenberg went after, bringing the team to Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn his best result of 2013. With 12 bonus points, allowing to join Sauber Toro Rosso in 7th place in the constructors’ standings.
Hulkenberg At Lotus?
It is not by chance that Hulkenberg, 26 years as Vettel has signed this summer a pre-contract with Ferrari Scuderia torn when announced the return of Raikkonen in Maranello. So, it is now in pole position to replace Raikkonen at Lotus, with a plan B that does not lack pace either: McLaren, who will renew in 2015 with Honda.
“Grosjean can become world champion,” often said Eric Boullier, the team principal of the Lotus F1 Team and number one supporter of Franco-Swiss currently eighth in the drivers’ championship with 72 points, 200 lengths of 95 and Vettel teammate Raikkonen. As for Hulkenberg, 11th in the championship with 31 pts, since 2010 it is pointed out in cars mid-table (Williams and Force India and Sauber) and deserves to finally have a chance in a top-notch team.
With young engineers at Enstone, Lotus is installed in the semis with Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG.but by spending less money twice. If Boullier convinces Genii Capital to recruit Hulkenberg to replace Raikkonen alongside Grosjean, he can count on quite a tandem pilot. As talented as modest as rapidly as easy to manage. A priori.