Grosjean ‘Just A Little Bit Surprised’ with Front Row Grid Slot in Hungary


Romain Grosjean had his best-ever qualifying result in Budapest today after securing second-place on the grid for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman will be start the race alongside pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, but reveals that he was a ‘little bit surprised’ to qualify that high up the grid.

“Qualifying was very tight and it was difficult to see where we would end up so on the front row is fantastic,” said Grosjean. “We came here after a difficult weekend at Hockenheim and to be honest I didn't get off to the best start yesterday. We worked hard to improve things overnight and the car felt much better in practice this morning.

“I'm very happy and just a little bit surprised to be P2 on the grid. Today's job is done, let's see what we can do tomorrow.”

In the other Lotus, Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth but, after seeing the performance of his team-mate today, the Finn knows he could have gone faster.

“Not a bad qualifying performance for sure, but it's a bit disappointing I didn't go faster when it mattered,” he said. “The car feels good, but I didn't get the crucial lap together at the right time. Let's see what happens tomorrow.”