May 13, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
Romain Grosjean said his retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix due to a suspension failure was “just a part of motor racing”.
Grosjean said “there was potential for a strong result today” despite him falling from sixth to ninth at the start.
“The car was feeling pretty good until we had an issue with the rear suspension which meant I had to return to the pits and retire from the race, which is a great shame,” he said.
“It’s always disappointing for everyone when something like this happens but there’s no-one to blame; it’s just a part of motor racing.”
Team principal Eric Boullier said: “We need to investigate what happened to Romain’s car. I feel sorry for him and for the team.”
Grosjean’s retirement ended Lotus’s streak of finishing every race this year with both cars in the points. However Kimi Raikkonen closed to within four points of Sebastian Vettel in the battle for the drivers’ championship.
“I’m delighted for the team to achieve another second place with Kimi today,” Boullier added. “Once again he drove fantastically and we were able to give him a great car with a good strategy.”
“We took points from Sebastian in the drivers’ championship, but we have lost out a bit in the constructors’ championship.”