Lotus F1 Team finally made it to the top step of the podium today as Kimi Raikkonen took advantage of a storming start from 4th on the grid to exit the first turn in 2nd place, and then inherited the lead as Hamilton retired because of an electrical failure.
After that the Finn stayed cool, keeping out of trouble – and providing some humorous exchanges with the pit wall – and holding on despite a late charge from Alonso to take the teams first victory under the Lotus banner and the first of his F1 comeback.
It wasn’t all roses for the Lotus team however. Grosjean suffered once again from first lap contact resulting in a front puncture as he battled with Rosberg – then later retired after a multi-car incident triggered by Paul Di Resta and Sergio Perez.
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