Romain Grosjean has expressed his delight after finishing on the podium in the Japanese Grand Prix.
Grosjean took the lead at the start and maintained a comfortable gap to Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Grosjean was eventually usurped by Vettel following the second round of stops and the Frenchman was also passed by the three stopping Webber with a handful of laps remaining.
“Today was just a very, very good race,” he said.
“What a start! It was superb to go past both the Red Bulls like that and it’ll be one of my best memories of the year.”
“The car was fantastic on the first set of tyres and we managed to pull away, but then the Red Bulls were able to reel us in later on.”
“Ultimately, we were the only car to almost catch the bull. It’s been a great home race for my engineer; it’s always good to come to Japan and it’s really good to be back on the podium again.”
Team principal Eric Boullier says that Grosjean’s result sends out a warning to rivals Ferrari and Mercedes that the Enstone team remains in the hunt for second in the Constructors’ championship.
“We don’t have the pace to beat Red Bull, but today we showed them that we are nevertheless quite formidable whilst also underlining to Mercedes and Ferrari that we are a strong contender for the final four races of the season,” said Boullier.
“We must say a big thanks to everyone at Enstone for the fantastic car we have in the E21. To see Romain leading the race was very satisfying and we hope to see that again very soon.”