Not surprisingly Romain Grosjean is looking forward to Monaco, and as a French driver in a potentially race-winning car, he’s bound to be a focus of much attention.
A strong weekend in the principality last year saw the Lotus driver qualify fifth and start fourth – only for him to be eliminated in a first lap incident.
“It’s going to be fantastic to be racing there again,” he said in a team preview. “It’s like a home race to me and it’s a circuit I really love. We were quick there last year, so I hope we’re quick again. It’s a crazy week with all the focus and attention, but everyone loves Monaco. I’ve got a week to get some rest before it all starts. I can’t wait.
“Monaco is a very special event in its own right, and the atmosphere is quite crazy! As a driver you have to stay calm and relaxed and try to do your job. It is a track that doesn’t allow any mistakes. You have to respect it and that is the key there. For me it’s fantastic for there to be so many French fans, and I’m looking forward to their support.”
Regarding the E21’s potential he added: “Well this is what we will discover. Monaco is quite a specialist track and it is very difficult to say if a car will be suited to it or not. It’s bumpy on the straights and it’s a very low grip surface. All these things mean that you never know what to expect.
“On a more normal racetrack you know more what you are going to get. I hope we will have a pleasant surprise and that the car will suit Monaco’s unique challenges. That would be nice.
“I have to be honest and say I want to be on the podium again. I experienced it for the first time last season, and it felt just as good this year too. A podium result in Monaco would be amazing.”
Trintignant, Beltoise, Depailler, Panis – Monaco has thrown up some oddball French winners over the years, so perhaps Romain is worth a bet…