Romain Grosjean has had a difficult weekend with two crashes but the Frenchman has also shown flashes of speed during the build up to Sunday's 2013 F1 Monaco Grand Prix.
The Lotus driver however was a Q2 casualty but when asked afterwards about the cause of his failure to make the final shoot out he answered definitively that the issue was traffic on his final run in Q2. With the session having started wet the drivers all changed to slicks in the closing stages but Grosjean felt that he was held up on both laps by the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo.
"I caught Riciardo on the first flying lap on the option," Grosjean told the assembled press, including Crash.net
. "I thought that he would let me go at the Swimming Pool but he didn't. The lap after I was on his gearbox and that was the lap that everyone improved."
With two crashes having punctuated his weekend Grosjean explained that a combination of a bumpy track surface and a difficult set-up was the cause of his incidents.
"It was a bit on the edge to start with but through the weekend we have improved," the Frenchman continued. "It's not always easy to understand what is going on [with the car] as Monaco is extremely bumpy and unpredictable and I got caught a few times. It didn't help the confidence in Q1 as you saw."
When asked if he was distracted by Lewis Hamilton exiting the pits this morning and if this contributed to his second crash at Ste Devote, Grosjean added: "It disturbed me a little bit but I braked earlier than my normal braking point. But it was my ninth lap on those tyres and I just got caught with the rear tyres, it was a small oversteer but it was very bumpy there."
The track has been resurfaced in places but for the Lotus driver it is still far from ideal with the bump into Ste Devote and Mirabeau especially troublesome.
by Stephen English