Romain Grosjean was left to look for the positives from the Monaco Grand Prix
weekend after an early departure from the sixth round of the F1 season.
The Frenchman was forced out after contact with Fernando Alonso
and Michael Schumacher on the run to St Devote saw him sustain damaged suspension.
It marked the second time this season that the Lotus driver has retired on the opening lap of a race, with the GP2 title winner left to rue the fact that he was slow away from the line when the lights went out.
“We struggled to get off the line and it looked like Lewis in front didn't have the best start either,” he said. “Fernando pulled alongside him so I was then on the outside of both cars, and unfortunately Michael was on the outside of me as well. There just wasn't enough room and next thing I'm facing all the traffic after just one hundred metres, which wasn't a nice feeling.
“It's a disappointing end to the week after some positive early signs, but that's racing and now we look forward to Canada and a chance to bounce back.”
Team boss Eric Boullier admitted it was a tough race for his countryman as the Lotus team's 500th F1 race ended in disappointment.
"We arrived in Monaco after two consecutive podiums and did not really know what to expect at such a unique circuit,” he said. “Before qualifying it was obvious that the E20 was going to be competitive, but things did not go as planned.
“Our positions on the grid did not reflect our true pace and that put us on the back foot for the rest of the weekend. Unfortunately Romain's race ended prematurely after contact with Michael Schumacher, and like the Stewards I think it was a racing incident.”