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Nurburgring podium revives Grosjean career

The Frenchman had not scored in four straight races, things might be coming around for the Lotus driver.
Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8th, 2013 (F1plus).- Romain Grosjean may have rescued his formula one career on Sunday by returning to the podium at the Nurburgring. A third place that at times sounded as a possible victory when he was pursuing race leader Sebastian Vettel with 20 laps remaining.

Having failed to score a single point since his podium in Bahrain (four races), the Frenchman was the subject of rumours Lotus might be preparing to replace him with Nico Hulkenberg.

Indeed, it is believed Hulkenberg has terminated his contract with the financially-troubled Sauber, with Bild newspaper saying the German has even had a Lotus seat fitting.

Frenchman Grosjean, however, said he never doubted himself.

"Not really," he told RMC on Sunday. "I just asked myself 'When are things going to turn?' I have always believed in myself.

"The numbers were not good but I knew that the work I was doing was positive."

27-year-old Grosjean therefore denied being upset after Lotus asked him to let teammate Kimi Raikkonen pass for second place on Sunday.

"As far as the strategies (go)," he said, "we didn't put our eggs in the same basket so I think it was the right thing to do."

If Lotus momentum is for real and they keep that upward trend, a victory could be very possible for the Frenchman, who has already a second place in his career and has led a race before.

Being teammate of such an efficient driver, such as Kimi Raikkonen, who brings points in every single occasion is simple hard; but in terms of speed they are not far from each other, even at time Grosjean might have the edge.

(GMM)

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