Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean has conceded that 'on paper' his season to date hasn't been 'as good as he would have wanted it to be'.
The Frenchman endured a nightmare weekend in Monaco, crashing twice in practice and then in the race he ploughed into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso.
Despite that though, he is adamant he has been happy with his form in all the other events this year and while he will have a ten-place grid penalty in Canada this coming weekend – a result of that collision with Ricciardo – he is still optimistic he can get a good result at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“On paper it's not as good as we would have wanted it to be, but I'm happy with all my performances so far except for Monaco,” he replied when asked to assess his season to date. “I have been doing my best every time, the pace is there and every time we manage to improve the car. I just have to keep doing my best and see where we go from there.”
“Last year we had a fantastic result in Canada [and finished second] and we'll certainly be trying for a fantastic result once more,” he added.
“For sure it will be a bit more difficult with the penalty, but we'll take the challenge and do the very best we can.”
So what is the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve like?
“The track is interesting; not an easy one to learn, but as we say most of the time if you have a good result then you like the track! I'd certainly like to finish this year's race on the podium again; that would be a good record to maintain.
“The city's great too. People speak French, the place is lively, there are some great restaurants and everybody is really welcoming.
“I enjoy the sensation of being close to the walls [too]; although as I learnt this year in Monaco… I don't enjoy the sensation of being too close to the walls!
“Montreal is different from Monaco as there are some long straights and big braking moments. The track surface can also present challenges as we've seen in past seasons, so it will be interesting to see what the grip level is like this year. Finally, the weather in Montreal can be quite changeable as we've seen many times. I'm sure it'll be a challenging and exciting Grand Prix,” he concluded.