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GP Week : Issue 190
Yes, folks, that was a post-race smile from the Kimster in the green-room. Given the weekend-long chat about a bulged lower back disc, it was a superb, typical race effort from the normally dour Finn (who returned to normal on the rostrum itself!). And for once, a grin, no, a smile, lit up his face as the podium participants cleaned up. It was, undoubtedly, one of Kimi’s best, and for a few seconds, in the privacy of the green room (in front of millions of TV viewers), the guard came down. unfortunately, having done an excellent job all weekend, the outcome was comparatively depressing for his young team-mate Grosjean. shadowing Mark Webber – and perhaps headed for a podium, a lengthy stop to replace fluid in the engine’s pneumatic system destroyed his race and the car was shortly after retired. eric Boullier, Lotus team principal, summed up the team’s contrasting day: “Once more Kimi drove an exceptionally strong race today – even without considering his back pain – whilst the team did an amazing job with the strategy for both drivers. Were it not for Romain’s engine problems we should have had both cars home in third and fourth. “It’s unfortunate that Romain had the problem with the pneumatic system of his engine as he showed strong pace in the race after putting in superb performances on both Friday and saturday. This level of down-force suits our car and that’s the level we’re running for the remaining tracks this season; we will fight for podiums for the rest of the year I’m sure.” Kimi cracks a smile; Romain frustrated 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE