The Frenchman, who started in sixth place, was able to make up a couple of positions on the first lap. He then lost time behind the Force India of Adrian Sutil who was able to come back at him and retake position in the DRS zone.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t make it four podiums in a row, but to come away with fourth place after a difficult couple of days is a decent result.” Grosjean said.
The Lotus driver believed that a podium finish may have been possible had his second stint gone better.
“That middle stint cost us the chance of a podium in the end, and on pace we could maybe even have pushed Mark [Webber] for second place, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s race was over before it had really started after making contact with Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde which broke a track rod.
“unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse.” Raikkonen said.
The Finn had started out of position after being disqualified from qualifying after his E21 failed a front-floor deflection test.
After being disqualified the team could have chosen to start Raikkonen’s car from the pitlane, but the Finn said it was much better for them to start from 22nd on the grid.
“It’s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane.”
Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier says the teams focus must be on finishing on the podium in Austin in two weeks time if they are to finish third in the Constructors Championship.
“We have some work to do if we are to achieve our target of third place in the Constructors’ Championship, so our focus must now be on returning to the podium in Austin.” Boullier said.
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