Grosjean: The weekend is far from over
9 June 2013 – Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says his Canadian Grand Prix weekend is "far from over" despite a dismal qualifying display at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, with the Frenchman failing to make it past the opening knockout phase on Saturday.
Grosjean, who finished 19th quickest in Q1, drops to the back of the grid for this afternoon's race following the application of his post-Monaco grid penalty, but the former GP2 Champion remains hopeful of securing a points-paying result.
"Clearly not the best day, and with the grid penalty I now start in what should be P29 for the race, which is a long way back!" Grosjean said. "After we changed to new Intermediates mid-way through the session I had one lap to set a time when the track was at its driest, but there were yellow flags after someone went straight on so I had to slow down and respect the warning. Then the track was too wet to go faster. We got caught out a bit by the weather but it’s nobody’s fault; just yet more bad luck.
"In these conditions it’s impossible to predict when the rain will be at its heaviest and we didn’t see anything from the radar to suggest it would get worse. It’s going to be a long race from the back, but we know the car is quick so our weekend is far from over."
In the sister Lotus, Kimi Räikkönen starts from tenth position, with the Finn having been docked two grid places for failing to adhere to the pit lane exit regulations.