My driver of the British GP has to be Lotus’ Romain Grosjean who clipped his front wing against Paul Di Resta in the opening lap and was forced to pit on the second from resulting lack of pace. By the end of the race he was challenging his team mate briefly until his tires were well and truly dead ultimately finishing 6th, three spots up on his grid start.
His drive demonstrates remarkable concentration, determination and understanding of what his car can do and how to make maximum use of it. This is particularly evident in his overtaking which was always fair and precise. Unlike Kobayashi of Japan 2010, we never saw wheel bumping or massively locked up wheels. Romain knew he was in a faster car and was able to be patient enough to wait for the best time to take advantage of it.
His confidence and assurance is remarkable considering how throughly he was destroyed by Alonso last time he was in F1. I put this down to the environment at Lotus which is run by Grosjean’s manager. Raikkonen seems to also be content and has spoken of the team’s chilled out demeanor while still maintaining their competitive desires.
Seeing as Lotus has just taken third in the Constructor’s ahead of McLaren, everything seems to be going well.