Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean overcame a first lap clash to finish eighth and claim points in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday - the first time he has got a top-ten at the Principality.

Grosjean, who qualified in 14th, put in a solid drive and despite an opening lap incident with Sauber's Adrian Sutil, which necessitated an early stop, the Frenchman hauled himself back up and made the most of a number of retirements, to eventually claim four points.

It was his second top-ten of the season following another eighth in Spain earlier this month.

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"It's good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it's good to get some points too. It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me," Grosjean noted.

"We then swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs. The safety car timing didn't help us as we'd just gone out on the new tyres, but that's Monaco. You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end!"

Deputy team boss Federico Gastaldi and trackside operations director Alan Permane meanwhile both still described the event as disappointing and were frustrated to see Pastor Maldonado unable to start due to a fuel supply issue on the grid.

"We scored some lucky points today but our overall weekend has been disappointing," Gastaldi confirmed. "It's been very frustrating that Pastor couldn't start the race and we have to identify the cause of this. Romain stayed focused and did a very good job to score the team some valuable points. We know that we still have work to do and Monaco certainly hasn't played to our strengths."

Permane echoed those thoughts: "It has been a disappointing weekend for us. Pastor's car didn't make it to the start of the race because of what looks like a fuel pump problem. Romain was hit from behind the first lap and got a puncture so we had to pit him early unfortunately.

"From then on, it was a long afternoon at the back of the field and in the end we were lucky with retirements and managed to score four points for an eighth place finish.

"We now look ahead to the next race and will work hard to correct issues we have seen here this weekend to get back up to an acceptable level of performance."