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Tough times for Grosjean

Romain Grosjean endures a weekend to forget with retirement from the Monaco Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean's Monte Carlo weekend ended in disappointment after he was forced to retire from the Monaco Grand Prix following a collision with Daniel Ricciardo.

Speaking afterwards the Frenchman was clearly disappointed as he explained his third crash of the weekend.

"I was following him [Ricciardo] for 61 laps and he was struggling with his rear left tyres graining so he had no grip," said the Frenchman. "I was very close in the tunnel and I had followed his line for many laps and I was caught by the fact that he braked very early in the middle of the track."

This weekend has seen Grosjean show moments of great speed but his accidents have meant that he was forced into qualifying on the back foot with his Lotus team having minimal time to fix the damage from his FP3 crash before the start of a qualifying session run in damp conditions.

Grosjean felt that this was a missed opportunity as the pace of the car was impressive throughout the weekend but he was left to rue his crashes and traffic in qualifying after a frustrating weekend.

"I think that we had the car to be in the top three but if qualifying goes wrong here the weekend is difficult," said Grosjean. "The most frustrating time was qualifying when I was blocked by Ricciardo. I think I had the pace to be the top four or five. In Monaco if you miss qualifying than you cannot do much."

After his turbulent 2012 season Grosjean had ironed out the accidents that blighted his rookie campaign but it has been a difficult start to the season with the opening races seeing the Frenchman struggle as the team fixed a handling problem with the car.

"The first three races were hard because we didn't find what was not suiting me in the car," said Grosjean. "Now that we sorted that out Bahrain was good and Barcelona the simulations said that we were going for the win in the race before the mechanical failure."

Grosjean was handed a ten-place penalty by stewards for the incident with Ricciardo, which he will take next time out in Canada.

by Stephen English in Monaco




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someone - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 6:34 PM

They should also give Perez a big penalty for his retarded torpedo style and taking out Kimi. He even claimed in a postrace interview that is was Kimis fault, omfg.

Kostadin - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 7:26 PM

@richard Being a "fiery driver" is no excuse for poor judgement or ruining somebody's race at a late stage. If you review both moves Perez did on Kimi you can see that in both cases they were mad dives with no hope of getting ahead or making the corner. I agee that at first it looked like Kimi moved onto Perez's path but at a second look he was pretty much on the racing line and Perez had no business being where he was with no hope of overtaking. It's a shame becuse both his moves on Alonso and Button were nothing but brilliant, but I'm convinced that he should be penalized for taking Kimi out.



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