Romain Grosjean has set his sights of having a 'proper' race in Canada following his early exit at the Principality seven days ago.
The Lotus driver lined-up fifth on the grid for the sixth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, but was forced out at the first corner, the disappointment, he has now revealed, took him a few days to 'shake off'. It ended a run of three points finishes in succession for the Frenchman and he is determined now to try and strike back at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, even if he has never been there before.
“It will be my first time in Canada so it's another new experience for me this year,” Grosjean commented. “Obviously this means it's also going to be my first time driving the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. I'm looking forward to it because it's a track which many drivers have told me they like. It's also a track which can bite you, and we've seen that over the years with the champions' wall. Even though I'm not a F1 champion, I'll be giving that part of the track some respect!
“Up until the race itself the Monaco Grand Prix weekend though was very promising. We had strong pace all weekend, even if qualifying wasn't quite as good as it might have been. It certainly could have been worse, but we were slightly disappointed with qualifying in fifth.
“The race itself was very short for me. I didn't get the greatest start, and it's so crowded off the line in Monaco that sometimes there just isn't enough room. In this case there wasn't and my race ended.
“It took me a couple of days to get rid of my disappointment from Monaco. It was such an early exit and it was my home race where I really wanted to go well in front of all the fans. We had the car to be able to be challenge for a strong result. Everyone knows this, but that's motor racing sometimes. After a difficult day like that you want to jump straight back into the car and have a proper race! Let's hope that is the case in Canada and we can show what we are capable of!”
Although it will be his first time at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Grosjean is not worried about having to learn the track: “This season it helps that the E20 is such a forgiving car and we have a very good baseline setup which means we can quickly look at refining it and finding more pace rather than trying to compensate for any chassis imbalance or difficult handling characteristics from the car,” he explained.
“I work very closely with the team and my engineers to understand all the requirements of a new circuit, and there are always aspects of one track which can be likened to another.
“Ultimately, you just have to get out there and drive fast. I'm sure it'll be a challenging and exciting Grand Prix.”