Romain Grosjean recovered from an incident into Sainte Devote to finish twelfth, despite running inside the top 10 in the final stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, while Pastor Maldonado retired from ninth on lap six with suspected a hydraulic leak.
Romain was lucky to escape with little damage after Max Verstappen out braked himself and made contact with Romain’s car before hitting the barriers, “I did not see much, just a car suddenly flying past me! I wasn’t so happy in the car afterwards, which is understandable.”
“Unfortunately, I think he forgot the braking point” Romain continued, “The move was a bit optimistic, fortunately neither of us were hurt but it cost us a point today. He is learning, of course I have made some mistakes in the past so I can understand.”
Luckily, Max was fine despite the impact but Romain lost track position, “You know in Monaco it is very hard to overtake, and a point from P15 would have been great for the team.”
Luck appeared to be absent for Pastor who had a decent start to remain in eighth, but soon started to struggle with a fault which soon ended his Monaco Grand Prix; “I had a problem with the brakes after two corners and it just got worse and worse.
“I lost pressure in the pedal which comprised our race immediately. It was a great weekend until then, but we had to retire the car, it was only safe.”
Not one to focus on the negatives, Pastor looked ahead to Canada; “The car has huge potential so we just need to keep calm and move onto Canada, we’ve been unlucky but we can’t change the past we can only change the future.”
Despite luck running out in Monaco, Romain enjoyed updates brought to the car and believes he can progress positively into future Grand Prix; “There are definitely positives to take from today and the Barcelona test so the car is looking better which is good and hopefully Canada can be good for us.”
Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi reflected on what could have been in Monte Carlo, “What a frustrating day for both our drivers. Pastor was in a great position to score well but a technical issue meant he had to retire. Romain was also looking like getting a point after his penalty-place start but was by an incident.”
Frederico continued, “The positives are that both drivers remain optimistic and full of praise for the car: we’re looking forward to Canada for many reasons.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director, is also confident of success in Canada; “With Romain we did all we could with strategy, we got him into the top 10 and then he had his accident which was a shame. Overall the weekend was really promising, the pace of the car was there, we now know the car is good in slow corners and we know we are quick in a straight line. Despite less than positive results here, we could see good pace from the E23, meaning we’re quietly confident heading to the next races."