'Monaco mistakes more obvious'

Wednesday 21st May 2014

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'Monaco mistakes more obvious'

'Monaco mistakes more obvious'

Romain Grosjean hopes to finally perform strongly in Monaco after the Frenchman was involved in crashes during both his previous two grands prix in the Principality.

While the Frenchman has won on the twisty street circuit during the GP2 series, during the Formula One races in 2012 and 2013 he failed to finish after crashing out.

Grosjean started in fourth place in the 2012 race, but retired when he spun in front of the field after crashing with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso just after the lights went out.

During the race weekend last year, Grosjean collided with the barriers during the second and third practice sessions, before running into the back of Daniel Ricciardo coming out of the tunnel on race day.

Since then, though, the 28-year-old's reputation has grown significantly and during Wednesday's FIA Press Conference, he revealed that his aim for this year's race is to make up for some of his previous mistakes in the Principality.

"I've been on pole position here in GP2, won the race in GP2, but on the other side if you look at crashes I think I have a good record and a few corners I know too well," he said.

"To be fair, last year I completely missed my weekend and wherever it would have been it would have been the same story, so [I will] try not to do that again.

"Of course you have to respect the track and every mistake is more obvious than everywhere else [on the calendar]. But I've always been quick so try to keep that into my pocket but stay away from the [guard]rails!"

After a trying start to the season, Lotus have shown some drastic improvement over the last couple of races, and Grosjean hopes they can continue to perform on an upwards curve this week.

"If you look at the trend from Melbourne we have been improving every time," he explained.

"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 Ferraris behind but I had a little bit of a small problem, but it's good that all the work that has been done and the fact that we understand more and more our car is going in the right direction.

"Of course if you are fifth on the grid in Monaco then the race is even kind of easier to defend your position. You never know what you're going to get when you come to Monaco, it's such a specific track, but we do hope we get the same car we had in Barcelona, get in Q3 and score some more points."

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