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GP Week : Issue 196
Romain Grosjean – Lotus (pictured) Following a disappointing result from Heikki Kovalainen in Austin, Romain Grosjean was Lotus’ only hope of salvaging third place in the constructors’ standings during the Brazilian Grand Prix. But the Enstone racers hopes disappeared in a puff of smoke on lap 2 when the Frenchman pulled to the side of the track having suffered a catastrophic engine failure. Grosjean was disappointed, but pragmatic. “The engine blew; I don’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “There was a lot of smoke and I lost power so I decided to stop 70 laps too early. This is racing.” It was an ignominious end to the V8 era for the talented young racer. Valtteri Bottas – Williams Through no fault of his own talented rookie Valtteri Bottas was knocked out of the Brazilian Grand Prix following a minor collision with Lewis Hamilton on lap 45 that had significant consequences. The Mercedes driver was lapping the Finn and collided with Bottas, ending the Finn’s race and incurring a drive-through penalty as a consequence. “At that point I was going straight and I think, possibly, he didn’t see me,” Bottas said following his retirement. “It wasn't a big impact, but it was enough to damage my car. Those things, they happen so quickly. I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong and I would do that overtaking manoeuvre again in the future. I see it as an unlucky situation as it was such a small collision.” Charles Pic – Caterham Charles Pic’s 2013 season ended in disappointment when suspension failure saw the Frenchman forced to retire on lap 58 of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Pic, who has previously been weak in the changeable conditions on offer at Interlagos on Sunday afternoon, impressed in the early stages of Sunday’s race when he was outperforming his more highly rated teammate Giedo van der Garde. The early part of the race saw Pic overtake the impressive Jules Bianchi before gaining on van der Garde, but all of his efforts came to naught thanks to a mechanical error beyond his control. Down and out at Interlagos 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRAZIL