Grosjean accepts responsibility for crash
24 May 2013 – Romain Grosjean has accepted full responsibility for his early exit from the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday afternoon, with the Lotus driver losing control of his car under braking for Sainte Devote and hitting the barriers.
Having featured at the top of timesheets during the early Soft tyre runs, Grosjean's accident came when he switched to the Super Soft rubber, with the former GP2 Champion admitting that he simply misjudged his braking and entry speeds.
"After a great start to the day it was a real shame to end things early," said Grosjean, who wound up seventh despite missing out on almost an hour of running. "I didn’t have the grip I expected going into the corner, but there was nothing wrong with the car; my braking and entry speed were all wrong and I ended up hitting the barrier.
"There was no chance to let off and go straight on into the runoff area; I was committed to the corner so that was it. We have a very good car here and it gives you the confidence to push, but unfortunately I pushed a bit too hard. I’m sorry for the team and I definitely owe them all a drink for all the work that’s needed before Saturday."
The Frenchman added of his chances: "The grid looks very close, but we seem in good shape and I’m eager to get back out on track and fight for the top positions."
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen went on to finish the opening day sixth quickest.