Traffic prevented Romain Grosjean from improving during qualifying
Romain Grosjean was unable to improve during the latter stages of Q2 due to traffic on his final flying laps, which ultimately saw the Frenchman qualify a lowly 13th despite a competitive display of pace during the three practice sessions prior to qualifying. The 27-year-old praised his mechanics for fixing his car after a heavy impact during practice three.
After a highly competitive and incident-filled three practice sessions around the Monte-Carlo street circuit, Romain Grosjean endured a tough qualifying session which he nearly failed to partake in after his mechanics miraculously managed to fix his car with only minutes remaining in Q1. Unlike Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean stormed onto the Monte-Carlo street circuit and immediately set the pace in the damp and tricky weather conditions.
However, Romain Grosjean’s luck changed dramatically in the second segment of qualifying, as the track began to dry out and the many drivers opted for Pirelli’s super-soft tyre compound. After his excellent display of pace during the earlier practice sessions, many were even tipping the Frenchman to secure pole position. However, a mixture of tyre wear and traffic in the closing stages of the segment prevented Romain Grosjean from progressing through to the top ten shootout, instead settling for a lowly 13th on the grid.
“The team did an unbelievable job to get the car ready for me after what happened in P3 this morning; I’m extremely grateful to all of them.” Enthused Romain Grosjean, “We had the car to do something very good in qualifying, but I caught Daniel [Ricciardo] in Q2 when the track was getting drier and faster. I had just two laps on the slicks and we weren’t able to get through to the top ten which is really frustrating. What can you say? This is Monaco. We have seen different weather conditions and it is a unique circuit. We will see what happens in the race tomorrow.”
Romain Grosjean has made contact with the barriers three times already this weekend, two times completely wrecking his Lotus machine. Last year Romain Grosjean was involved in the first lap melee, which saw the Frenchman collide with Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi at Turn 1. After a strong display of pace during the majority of the weekend, Romain Grosjean will understandably be striving for a strong result in tomorrow’s 78-lap race despite the lack of overtaking opportunities throughout the lap.
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