Romain Grosjean: “I felt very emotional”

Romain Grosjean took his first podium finish since the 2013 United States Grand Prix on Sunday when he drove a strong race to finish third in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

It had been a strong couple of days for the Frenchman, who qualified fourth on Saturday, although that would equate to a ninth place start due to a gearbox change penalty. However, he was always in contention for a good result on Sunday, and inherited third on the penultimate lap when the rear tyre on Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari failed down the Kemmel Straight.

The Lotus F1 Team driver welcomed the result, and revealed he was emotional as he completed the final lap.

“Today’s result is wonderful,” insisted Grosjean. “It’s good for the team and for myself of course.

“Yesterday’s good qualifying result put a smile on my face but today was an unbelievable race. Everything came together when it mattered during those 43 laps.

“I drove with my heart today and pushed 100 % throughout the race. I did some great overtaking manoeuvres and was really pushing to catch up and hopefully overtake Sebastian Vettel – of course it was bad luck for him to have had the tyre issue at the end.

“We were really trying to go for the podium this afternoon and I felt very emotional during the last lap of the race! It’s a great feeling today.”