After a dramatic and event fuelled race, Romain Grosjean took the chequered flag for his first time in the Monaco Grand Prix with a gritty drive to eighth in the final classification. Bad luck saw Romain hit from behind on the first lap, damaging a wheel rim which necessitated an early pit stop, however he gradually worked his way up the order and into the points. Pastor Maldonado experienced a fuel supply issue with his E22 on the grid and was unable to make the race start.
Pastor commented, ďWe donít know yet precisely what happened. The engine switched off after 30 seconds. When we did out laps to the grid the car and the power unit were working well. We need to work to find out what the problem was. It is disappointing and I was expecting a solid race, we had a good strategy in place, I love this circuit where I have been competitive in the past. We have already worked hard on performance and reliability but today it was not to be. This afternoon weíre not happy but we are keeping focused on improving."
Romain on the other hand was pleased with his race, despite the early issues, ďItís good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and itís good to get some points too. It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me. We swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs. The safety car timing didnít help us as weíd just gone out on the new tyres, but thatís Monaco. You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end!"
Deputy Team Principal, Federico Gastaldi summarised the weekend for the team, "We scored some lucky points today but our overall weekend has been disappointing. Itís been very frustrating that Pastor couldnít start the race and we have to identify the cause of this. Romain stayed focused and did a very good job to score the team some valuable points. We know that we still have work to do and Monaco certainly hasnít played to our strengths.Ē