Romain Grosjean, a driver well versed in the opposing fortunes of F1, received an untimely reminder of how fickle the sport can be as his podium finish at Spa was followed by a first corner exit at Monza.

Grosjean and the Lotus team were confident that the flat-out nature of the Autodromo Nazionale would suit the Mercedes-powered E23 in much the same way as the majestic sweeps of Spa and, like team-mate Pastor Maldonado, the Frenchman qualified inside the top ten on Saturday afternoon. However, that promise was undone as the usual first corner Monza melee accounted for not one, but both Lotus cars.

"I had a good start and got to turn one, where a car from behind hit me and broke the rear suspension," Grosjean lamented, "That was it for us..."

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Claiming that the move into the tight right-left Rettifilio chicane had been 'too optimistic' on the behalf of rookie Felipe Nasr, Grosjean was left to reflect on what might have been as Lotus slipped back behind Force India in the constructors' table.

"I think that today was a chance for us to score some good points," he sighed, "The car was feeling good and it's a shame that we didn't go further than lap one."

With deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi admitting that 'the cruel mistress that is motorsport' had given Lotus 'a resounding slap in the face', Grosjean turned his attention to the remaining seven races of 2015 in search of a return to the points.

"Singapore may be a bit more tricky, but there are more opportunities for us that are going to be looking good," he insisted.