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Q&A - Romain Grosjean, Lotus

Romain Grosjean: It's a crazy week with all the focus and attention, but everyone loves Monaco...

Lotus man Romain Grosjean reflects on Spain and looks ahead to next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.


Q:
Romain, how frustrating was the Spanish Grand Prix?

Romain Grosjean:
I can't lie and say I wasn't frustrated! As a driver you want to race every lap possible, especially when you've got a good car. That said, at least with a technical problem like we experienced it's easier to move on as it was immediately obvious that it was a component failure rather than being caused by a mistake, contact or driving off the track. In the race itself, I didn't make the best start but after that I was on the pace and we know we're able to have strong race strategies, so there was potential for a good result. The car was feeling pretty good until the issue with the rear suspension.

Q:
When did you feel there was something wrong?

Romain Grosjean:
It was a sudden sensation that something was wrong, and it was clear straight away that we wouldn't be able to continue in the race. I returned to the pits and that was the end.

Q:
What do you do after a short race like this?

Romain Grosjean:
Get out of the car, speak with your engineers to confirm if there's anything more which can be done, then you join the crew to watch the rest of the race. Sometimes you can give some extra information to the engineers on the pit wall which might assist them. After the chequered flag you have a quick debrief as you would after a race where you've completed all the laps, though if there are only eight laps to talk about it doesn't take too long. The full post-race analysis takes place with the engineers afterwards, back at Enstone.

Q:
Monaco next, a track you really love…

Romain Grosjean:
It's going to be fantastic to be racing there again. It's like a home race to me and it's a circuit I really love. We were quick there last year so I hope we're quick again. It's a crazy week with all the focus and attention, but everyone loves Monaco. I've got a week to get some rest before it all starts. I can't wait.

Q:
What is so special about Monaco?

Romain Grosjean:
Monaco is a very special event in its own right, and the atmosphere is quite crazy! As a driver you have to stay calm and relaxed and try to do your job. It is a track that doesn't allow any mistakes. You have to respect it and that is the key there. For me it's fantastic for there to be so many French fans, and I'm looking forward to their support.

Q:
It's a very particular and distinct track; how do you think the E21 will perform there?

Romain Grosjean:
Well this is what we will discover. Monaco is quite a specialist track and it is very difficult to say if a car will be suited to it or not. It's bumpy on the straights and it's a very low grip surface. All these things mean that you never know what to expect. On a more normal racetrack you know more what you are going to get. I hope we will have a pleasant surprise and that the car will suit Monaco's unique challenges. That would be nice.

Q:
What do you want to achieve in the sixth race of the season?

Romain Grosjean:
I have to be honest and say I want to be on the podium again. I experienced it for the first time last season, and it felt just as good this year too. A podium result in Monaco would be amazing.


Related Pictures

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10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
11.05.2013- Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
10.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
12.05.2013- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
19.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
12.05.2013-  Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21

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