Romain Grosjean insists he is not overly concerned at not being allowed past teammate Kimi Raikkonen late in the Korean Grand Prix.
Running a strong second late in the race until the safety car period, the Frenchman made a small mistake coming out of the penultimate corner and Raikkonen grabbed his chance to nip ahead at Turn 1.
Radio broadcasts then picked up Grosjean asking if he would be allowed a free pass to take his position back as he looked to have the quicker car, but team boss Eric Boullier told him to keep racing, as quoted on ESPNF1.
Romain got frustrated because he did a small mistake after the restart with the safety car and Kimi just passed him. I think he was begging for some team orders to let him past, but he made a mistake and it was normal racing. I think he could have been quicker, but with a bit of pressure he lost concentration so it's just part of the learning curve.
For his part, Grosjean accepted the decision graciously, saying it was “not the end of the world.”
Unfortunately for me and good for Kimi, the safety car came. I made a small mistake, my fault, and Kimi passed me and then there were yellow flags so I couldn't use DRS. I don't hear most of the [radio] conversation. I was quicker today. It is a track where it is almost impossible to overtake. I should have avoided the AstroTurf in Turn 15 and that would be the end of the conversation. It was my mistake, it is not the end of the world.