Grosjean unsure of Lotus potential at Monaco
17 May 2014 – Romain Grosjean says that he is unsure how next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix will suit the characteristics of his Lotus E22, as he bids to score points at the event for the first time.
Lotus has not performed well around the streets of Monte Carlo for the past few seasons, while Grosjean crashed out of the event in 2012 and 2013.
The French driver is aware that the low speed corners do not play to the strengths of the Enstone based team but countered his caution with the fact that there will be less of an emphasis on engine power than previous races.
"The emphasis at Monaco is on low speed corners, which is not our greatest strength, but the team worked with Monaco in mind during the Barcelona test," he said.
"Bumpy straights and a low grip surface are the other main Monaco characteristics and how well you adapt to them can make or break your weekend.
"We'll do our best with set-up and of course Monaco is less engine dependent than most circuits, which is better for us. It was nice not only to score points in Barcelona, but also to be fifth on the grid in qualifying - if we can do that again in Monaco it'll be very good for us."
Grosjean also believes that the most important aspect of next weekend's event is for a driver to have confidence in the machinery at his disposal.
"There will be less grip than in the past, so we will have to be careful with the right foot," he said.
"In terms of mapping, torque, energy and fuel saving I actually think it will be easier than most tracks because the race distance is shorter so we shouldn't have to worry too much. Of course we'll need the best drivability possible around the tricky sections, but the most important thing in Monaco is to trust your car and have confidence in it."