“Today is like a dream come true,” beamed Grosjean, who endured a difficult clutch of races on his F1 debut for Renault in 2009. “I only really discovered the Albert Park circuit in the dry this morning and I didn’t know what to expect. When I heard my position over the radio I just could not believe it.
“Very few people still had faith in me after my first life in F1, but we’ve all worked very hard to start a new adventure and I’m very happy to be able to put a great performance in right from the start of the season.
“I will not get carried away because as the saying goes, you don’t score any points on a Saturday. We all know that Melbourne can be a very tricky race. I hope we can keep going like this all season long and in the end it will be a nice story.”
“That is the lesson,” he said. “Today I am very happy to be here, proud to be here. They gave me the toughest time. I am proud to be part of Lotus team and the atmosphere and experience can be very good, we have been working well during winter to do our best to make best of everything we can.
“It is not a dream, we did it, and tomorrow we can work to get the best in the race and the next races as well.”