Grosjean pleased with first Monaco finish

By on Sunday, May 25, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean expressed his happiness after finishing the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his career.

Grosjean, who crashed out of the event in 2012 and 2013, came home ninth - which later became eighth following a penalty for Marussia's Jules Bianchi.

"It’s good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it’s good to get some points too," he said.

"It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me. We 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."

Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado was less fortunate as he suffered a suspected fuel supply issue and retired prior to the formation lap.

"It is disappointing and I was expecting a solid race, we had a good strategy in place, I love this circuit where I have been competitive in the past," he said. "We have already worked hard on performance and reliability but today it was not to be."

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