Romain Grosjean on Sunday lost his chance to become F1’s eighth different winner. The Frenchman was running comfortably behind eventual winner Fernando Alonso at Valencia when his Renault alternator failed — the same component that halted Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull charge.
“We need to hold our hands up and apologise,” said Renault’s Remi Taffin.
Former F1 driver Patrick Tambay told France’s RMC: “It’s a shame, because the opportunities for victory are rare and you can’t let them pass. Today it passed for Romain but it wasn’t his fault,” he insisted. “Until then his race was truly remarkable; his pass on Hamilton, the wisdom of his duel with Alonso in the heat.
“There are many positive things to take away for Romain. Unfortunately the next race will be more difficult because of the cold in England, which does not really suit Romain’s Lotus. But I think that in Budapest we can really count on him again,” added Tambay.
Grosjean’s Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished second on Sunday.
“Lotus continues to demonstrate its ability in 2012 with a car that has great grip and little tyre degradation,” Jaime Alguersuari said in Mundo Deportivo newspaper. “Both Grosjean and Raikkonen are potentially the eighth winner of this season. For them it’s about time,” the former Toro Rosso driver added.
Sunday’s Canadian grand prix will be a fast and furious dash for victory according to former grand prix winner Patrick Tambay.
“The three teams that really stand out now are Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari,” the ex McLaren and Ferrari driver told French broadcaster RMC Sport.
In the top three grid positions in Montreal are Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. All three are right in the hunt in the drivers’ championship, and also in the top five for the championship are Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg, who are next on the Canada grid.
“We’ll see a huge fight today,” Tambay predicted. “It’s going to be a big battle between Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel, who absolutely want to stay in touch in the championship.”
Toro Rosso’s gamble could have powered rookie Jean-Eric Vergne to victory in Monaco. That is the claim of French commentator Patrick Tambay, a former Ferrari driver.
Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso was ridiculed late on Sunday by opting to pull Vergne from a points-running position on the essentially dry Monaco track in order to fit intermediate tyres. But according to Tambay, it was a gamble that could have seen the 22-year-old scythe through the field to victory. In the end, the heavy rain did not arrive until shortly after the chequered flag.
“If it had rained, he could have won,” Tambay told RMC Sport. “Late in the race, everyone would have been on very worn dry tyres with a lot of trouble staying on the track,” he added.
“Others could have dived into the pits but it would have been risky with so few laps to run. But with his (intermediate) tyres, he (Vergne) would have been passing cars one after another. It was quite possible that he could have won the Monaco grand prix,” added Tambay.