Work To Make It Work
A disappointing day on the streets of Monte Carlo sees Romain Grosjean starting fourteenth on the grid with Pastor Maldonado fifteenth for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix. Both drivers went through the first qualifying session but were unable to find sufficient speed from the E22 in the twisty challenge of Monaco’s slow speed corners to make it into the top ten today.
Romain set his best time of 1:18.196, however feels there is more to come from the E22.“Unfortunately we were not fast enough. We were hoping that the warmer conditions might help a little bit today but it wasn’t to be. It was a difficult qualifying session despite the car balance being okay but I think that the car is struggling a bit in slow corners, which is something that we were concerned might be the case. We will have to work on this to make it better as the E22’s much better in the high speed areas. It is very difficult to predict what will happen in races here, but we will always fight to the end.”
Pastor’s time of 1:18.356 was just behind that of Romain’s. He too came away disappointed from the afternoon session and the all-important qualifying; “After the positive test we had in Barcelona we were hoping for a better result today. However this track hasn’t suited us so far this weekend. We struggled to get sufficient temperature in the tyres which seem to be a very hard compound for Monaco. I also suffered a lot from the traffic which didn’t help with tyre temperature or getting a fast lap. It’s a long race tomorrow so we’ll try to be clean in the first couple of laps, try to have a good strategy and we will see what we can do and deliver as best we can.”