“Pretty Clear I Was Going to Win” the German GP in 2013 : Romain Grosjean

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After 7 long years, the F1 action returns to the Nurburgring. At the last race here, Romain Grosjean, driving for an exceptionally good Lotus team at the time, made some treasured memories at this circuit. However, in hindsight, the Frenchman believes that he deserved to get more out of that race.

At the German Grand Prix of 2013, Grosjean crossed the chequered flag in P3. He only finished behind race winner Sebastian Vettel and Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen. While a podium finish may seem a brilliant result, Grosjean reveals a definite win was cruelly denied him.

Reflecting on that race, he said, “I was very happy with my weekend, but I should have won the race. It was pretty clear I was going to win the race until the safety car.

“Yes, a podium finish is always mega. But missing out on the win was a big thing – I really had a big lead.

“No hard feelings though, it was a good race on a great track, and obviously, a podium in Formula 1 is always super good.”

Till date the 2013 season remains Grosjean’s best season in the sport of Formula 1. He ended the season in 7th place on the Drivers’ Championship standings and finished on the podium 6 times that season.

Romain Grosjean talks about the challenges that await the drivers at the Nurburgring

The Haas of Romain Grosjean in action during a practice session in Tuscany
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy Haas’ Romain Grosjean during practice Claudio Giovannini/Pool via REUTERS

The Haas driver said, “The biggest challenge there will be the weather.” The weather reports predict that the Eifel Grand Prix is going to be a cold one with high chances of rain making the challenge even greater.

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Apart from the environmental factor, the track itself could be tricky to navigate in a modern F1 car.

Grosjean said, “I think the biggest challenge in a modern F1 car will be sector one, because of the weight of the car and the camber and so on.

“The first hairpin, there’s that big drop at the apex. Then turn three is a long corner with turn four. It’s obviously hard on the tires.”

Unlike his previous race in Nurburg, don’t expect Grosjean to be anywhere near the frontrunners. After 10 races, Romain is yet to open his account for the season and he’ll be desperately hoping that he finishes among the top ten in 5 days time.

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