The Lotus team encountered contrasting fortunes today as Romain Grosjean battling for the race lead suffered an engine blow-up with less than 10 laps to go. The Frenchman looked supreme till his engine gave up on him, but teammate Kimi Raikkonen made the most of some late retirements in the race to bring home his E20 in a strong 2nd place.
The Lotus team showed their E20 could fly, after they finally got the track temperatures they were yearning for. Romain Grosjean carrying the weight of expectations as the next phenomenon from France drove his Lotus absolutely on the limit in his final run to qualify in 4th place. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen also found the sweet handling spot on his car as he was right behind Grosjean in 5th place at the end of qualifying. The Red Bulls and McLarens expected a big race threat from the black and gold cars.