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VIDEO: Grosjean gunning for his first grand prix victory?

Jul 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Hungary F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Romain Grosjean’s Formula One career so far has been marred by a series of incidents and accidents – the most notable of which at Spa last season saw him receive a one-race ban – but the Frenchman could be in line to claim his first grand prix victory in Hungary on Sunday.

Grosjean qualified an excellent 3rd for the race on Sunday behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but just as he did in Germany, the Lotus driver could prove to be a difficult customer for the leaders on Sunday thanks to the way in which the Lotus E21 car works with the Pirelli tires. At the Nurburgring, Grosjean went deep into the race on his first stint and ran in P2 for large parts of the race before eventually finishing 3rd behind Sebastian Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Relying he can repeat this kind of pace, could Romain Grosjean become the newest member of the ‘grand prix winners’ club in Formula One?

Post-qualifying, Grosjean was called before the stewards after his car failed a bodywork test but he escaped penalty after the team was given the benefit of doubt with the damage being caused by the car hitting the kerb at turn 11. The FIA stated that “this is deemed to be a case of accidental damage, not a case of non-compliance.”

  1. seattletony - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    All things being equal, (as we all know things in F1 are) Grosjean would still have to deal with Raikkonen. Team orders aside, I would question Romain’s consistency against Kimi’s any track, any day. I’m pretty high on Grosjean and his F1 future, but I tend to believe Raikkonen is pretty close to Alonso in ability. That says a lot, and I challenge someone to disagree…

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