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Grosjean pleased to qualify in top three

Sep 21, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean drives in the pit lane during the qualifying session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix Getty Images

Romain Grosjean is pleased to have returned to form during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix following two difficult races at Spa and Monza.

The Frenchman finished eighth in both the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix despite the circuits working against the strengths of the E21 car. In Singapore though, Lotus appear to have bounced back as Grosjean excelled in qualifying to finish P3 on Saturday, less than two-tenths off pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.

“If we look at how many laps we did in the whole weekend so far, P3 in the qualy is not too bad,” Grosjean said in the press conference on Saturday.

“We knew we were strong this morning. I think we got a little bit caught by the night coming on and it was a little bit less quick than the fast time we expected in Q1 but nevertheless I think the team did a good decision about the strategy and the cut-off and everything, so then we had two attempts in Q3. It’s good to be at the front in this grand prix.”

Having endured a difficult first year with Lotus in 2012, Grosjean has established himself as a regular point-scorer in 2013, claiming two podiums so far this season and scoring points in all of the last four races. Should he continue this form, it is possible that he could lead the team next season when Kimi Raikkonen departs Enstone for Ferrari.

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