Grosjean hoping to avoid repeat of 2013 Monaco nightmare

Grosjean hoping to avoid repeat of 2013 Monaco nightmare

0955LB1D2890Romain Grosjean is aiming to continue Lotus’ upturn in fortunes at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, but he must first look to finish the race.

The Frenchman retired in both the 2012 and 2013 races due to on track incidents, yet he still has fond memories of racing around the streets of Monte Carlo following success in GP2.

“I’ve been on pole position here in GP2, won the race in GP2, but on the other side if you have a look at crashes, I have a good record and few corners I know too well,” he conceded in today’s press conference. “To be fair, last year I completely missed my weekend and wherever I would have been, it would have been the same story. So, just try to not do that again.”

In 2013, Grosjean crashed twice during practice at Sainte Devote, and then ended both his own race and that of Daniel Ricciardo after missing his braking point on the exit of the tunnel. It was the real ‘low point’ of his F1 career, but in the 12 months since then, he has transformed into one of the brightest talents on the grid.

For him, success around Monaco is largely about keeping it clean and being as error-free as possible.

“You have to respect the track,” he said. “Every mistake is more obvious than everywhere else. But I’ve always been quick so I’ll try to keep that in my pocket but stay away from the rails.”

After scoring his first points in Spain last time out, Grosjean is hopeful of more success this weekend.

“It’s good that all the work has been done, and the fact we understand more and more our car, it’s going in the right direction and, of course, if you are fifth on the grid in Monaco, the race is even kind of easier to defend your position,” he said.

“You never know what you are going to get when you come to Monaco. It’s such a specific track. But I do hope we get the same kind of car we had in Barcelona. Then we can be well placed in Q3 and score some more points.”

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