Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is 'hopeful' he will be able to get another good result this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Grosjean finished fourth last time out in Spain and he now heads to F1's most prestigious event and the closest thing he will get to a home grand prix, eager to do well, although he concedes – like his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen [see separate story - HERE
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“This is what we will discover [in practice on Thursday]. I think Monaco is a specialist track and it's very difficult to say if the car will suit there or not,” he confirmed. “It's bumpy on the straights and it's a very low grip track 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 have. I hope we will have a pleasant surprise and that the car will suit Monaco's unique challenges. That would be nice.
“It is going to be a fantastic event though, and it is a special race for me for sure. There are certain to be a lot of French fans, and I'm looking forward to their support. It's also 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's a track that doesn't allow any mistakes. You have to respect it and that is the key there I think. Hopefully we can have another good result.”
As for his year thus far, Grosjean added that he has been pleased with his results, especially after a difficult start, which saw him complete a mere four laps in the first two races. Since then he has scored his first points and taken his first podium. If he scores on Sunday, it will be the fourth race in succession he has finished in the points.
“It's nice, for sure [to have done that],” he continued. “That's why we enjoy F1: for the pressure, for the bad news but sometimes the good results. It is all of these up-and downs that make it special.
“Honestly I enjoy the life in F1. I hope I can stay here for a while because this is where I feel quite happy professionally.
"I hope one day I can have my first victory, then more and then win the world title.”