Grosjean unharmed, frustrated after high-speed crash in Sochi


Romain Grosjean has called on Lotus to find out why he lost control of his car and crashed at one of the fastest points of the track during today’s Russian Grand Prix.

Coming through the high-speed turn three left-hander, Grosjean lost the back-end of his Lotus E23 Hybrid car and slammed into the wall, causing a great amount of damage to the chassis.

Remarkably, Grosjean walked away unscathed from the incident bar a cut on his arm, and was more frustrated to have lost a good points-scoring opportunity in Russia.

“I lost the rear end in a very high speed corner going through turn three and couldn’t recover it,” Grosjean explained.

“We don’t know exactly why yet. We need to check what has happened – was it a driver error or something technical? – we’ll see.

“I feel sorry for the guys because there will be a lot of work to repair the car. I feel okay physically and I’ll certainly be a bit sore tomorrow morning, but I’ll be completely fine again after a couple of days.

“We lost some good points today but let’s understand what happened and look forward to the next race.”

Lotus teammate Pastor Maldonado managed to work his way up into the points in the final stages, finishing eighth and moving up to seventh after Kimi Raikkonen’s post-race penalty.

“It was a bit tough today but we opted for the right strategy from the beginning starting on the soft tires and going longer on the first run,” Maldonado said.

“Unfortunately we lost a lot of time on the second stint with the new super-soft tires. Our car didn’t perform as expected at the beginning of the run but then after a few laps we started to get back into the rhythm.

“We scored points today which is very positive for the team and hopefully we can continue to do so in the next races.”