Grosjean: There wasn’t enough room and next thing I’m facing all the traffic
28 May, 2012
May 28 (Lotus) A strong start to the week came to an abrupt end for Romain Grosjean, as the Frenchman’s inaugural Monaco Grand Prix lasted just a matter of metres, but the reigning GP2 champion remained philosophical, drawing on the positives to take into the remainder of the year
A disappointing end to a promising weekend for you. What happened?
We struggled to get off the line and it looked like Lewis [Hamilton] in front didn’t have the best start either. Fernando [Alonso] pulled alongside him so I was then on the outside of both cars, and unfortunately Michael [Schumacher] was on the outside of me as well. There just wasn’t enough room and next thing I’m facing all the traffic after just one hundred metres which wasn’t a nice feeling.
What goes through your head when you’re sat facing the oncoming traffic?
The first thing is you just hope everyone will see what’s happened and manage to avoid you. These guys are the best drivers in the world, but unfortunately in a situation like that – especially around such a narrow track as Monaco – it’s very difficult not to end up with more cars involved.
What positives can we take from the weekend?
The Free Practice sessions went very smoothly with no mistakes, and the E20 been competitive at another very different circuit which is positive. Our pace over the weekend was really encouraging, as there are always questions marks when you come to this track – it’s so unique you can never really tell how the car will perform. I think it’s a good sign for the rest of the season.
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