The Lotus team had a very good Canadian GP, as Romain Grosjean registered his best finish in Formula One with an excellent 2nd place, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen also finished in the points after a poor Qualifying session. The team could have been genuine contenders for victory had their drivers qualified in better positions.
The race start was an uneventful one for the team as Grosjean starting from 7th place on the grid did not make the progress expected to challenge for a podium. His teammate, the immensely experienced Finn Raikkonen gained a place on the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi to be on the cusp of the point scoring places in 11th. Raikkonen battled with Jenson Button early in the race. Grosjean by lap 14 set a string of fastest laps when the first round of pit stops began. The Frenchman kept up his pace to match the leaders and led the race before making his first pit stop on lap 21.