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Rain cost me top five - Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean thinks he could have been as high as third in Q3 © Getty Images

Romain Grosjean admitted his 10th place on the grid could have been even better were it not for the rain returning at the beginning of Q3 in Shanghai.

Grosjean took Lotus into the final session of qualifying for the first time this season, building on another weekend of clear improvement. In Saturday's FP3 session Grosjean had finished third in wet conditions and felt a similar result would have been a real possibility had he not been caught out by another shower of rain at the beginning of Q3.

"Yes, overall it is a good qualifying session. On a wet lap you can always find something there and there and there, but I think that is the case for everyone. It is quite easy to get tricked. I just wish it hadn't rained before Q3, I think we would have had something more like this morning. But it's good to be back here and it's a good reward for all of us."

"Things went better this morning than in qualifying this afternoon and so we had maybe even higher hopes. I'm not sure why we didn't feel as much performance this afternoon than in FP3."

Grosjean and Lotus have shown improvements in all conditions so far this weekend and he feels the team is now at the stage now where it can really start to target rapid development.

"Every time [Renault] bring a step forward it is a good one. This one is particularly good in terms of driveability in tough circumstances, like the rain, and in terms of recovery there is a big difference in terms of power.

"I think the baseline is there and we can work from it and run with it, and the steps will come quite quickly. I think our mapping will start to get better and then we will be able to run even more."

When asked how Lotus now compares to other Renault-powered teams Grosjean was quick to stress the team still has a long way to go, though he is confident it is moving in the right direction.

"It's not a Red Bull yet! I think if the bet were open for qualifying we would have scored well for Q3. Renault is a very powerful machine and it's good how hard everyone has been working, we have been working, Renault has been working. We now have a lead on where to go on the car so it's very positives and I hope for my first points of the season tomorrow."

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