Romain Grosjean admits he is hoping not to add to his "good record" of crashes in Monaco this weekend.

Last year, Grosjean was often quick but his weekend was blighted by numerous crashes and incidents which eventually saw him leave without scoring any points after a collision with Daniel Ricciardo. While confident in his abilities around the streets of Monte Carlo, Grosjean said he needs to focus on harnessing his pace rather than pushing too hard.

"I've been on pole position here in GP2, won the race in GP2 - but on the other side if you have a look at crashes, I have a good record and few corners I know too well," Grosjean said. "To be fair, last year I completely missed my weekend and wherever I would have been, it would have been the same story.

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"So, just try to not do that again. You have to respect the track. Every mistake is more obvious than everywhere else - but I've always been quick so I'll try to keep that in my pocket but stay away from the rails."

And Grosjean believes the form shown by Lotus in recent weeks - backed up by an encouraging test in Barcelona - means he can realistically aim to score a solid amount of points this weekend.

"If you look at the trend from Melbourne, we've been improving every time, going to Q3 for the first time in China, going to Q3 and being fifth on the grid in Barcelona. I think we were looking good in the race to keep the Ferrari behind but I had a small problem.

"It's good that all the work has been done, and the fact we understand more and more our car, it's going in the right direction and, of course, if you are fifth on the grid in Monaco, the race is even kind of easier to defend your position. You never know what you are going to get when you come to Monaco. It's such a specific track. But I do hope we get the same kind of car we had in Barcelona. Then we can be well placed in Q3 and score some more points."