An magnanimous Romain Grosjean has refused to pin the blame on Lotus for his poor qualifying showing at the Indian Grand Prix.
After opting to run the Medium-compound Pirelli tyres in Q1, the Frenchman was surprisingly eliminated in the opening phase of qualifying amid a flurry of last-minute improvements from rival cars, leaving him a lowly seventeenth on the grid.
“We planned a cut-off time before qualifying and all the cars ran quicker than we expected,” he told reporters in the open media call after qualifying.
“We were more or less where we wanted to be, but it seems it was much tighter and the Option tyre performed better than [practice] this morning.
“I made the decision as well, it is not right to blame the team or myself. We just missed it for some reason. We will look at why but sometimes it just happens.”
His teammate Kimi Räikkönen fared considerably better, qualifying sixth-fastest in the sister E21 challenger.
“It wasn’t an ideal qualifying session and I’m still having some problems with understeer, but the car did feel better overall than yesterday,” he said after qualifying.
“The tyres have to be managed over a full lap for qualifying so we are where we are on the grid. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and I’ll try to do as well as I can. Overall, the car feels slightly better than in the last few races; still not where we want it to be, but slightly better.”