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Grosjean eager to bounce back

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean didn't even make it as far as turn one in Monaco © Press Association
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Romain Grosjean admits he is eager to get back in the car in Montreal to put the disappointment of the Monaco Grand Prix behind him.

Grosjean had looked strong all weekend, so it was somewhat of a surprise when he only qualified in fifth place on the grid - inheriting fourth when Michael Schumacher took a penalty. He failed to make the first corner, however, as contact with both Fernando Alonso and Schumacher forced him out of the race. While playing down the incident that brought about his retirement as bad luck, Grosjean admitted he couldn't wait to move on to the Canadian Grand Prix.

"Up until the race itself the Monaco Grand Prix was very promising," Grosjean said. "We had strong pace all weekend, even if qualifying wasn't quite as good as it might have been. It certainly could have been worse, but we were slightly disappointed with qualifying in fifth. The race itself was very short for me. I didn't get the greatest start, and it's so crowded off the line in Monaco that sometimes there just isn't enough room. In this case there wasn't and my race ended. After a difficult day like that you want to jump straight back into the car and have a proper race! Let's hope that is the case in Canada and we can show what we are capable of!"

Having expected to challenge for victory in the race, Grosjean admitted that it took him a while to get over the Monaco weekend.

"For sure it was frustrating. In fact, it took me a couple of days to get rid of my disappointment from Monaco. It was such an early exit and it was my home race where I really wanted to go well in front of all the fans. We had the car to be able to be challenge for a strong result. Everyone knows this, but that's motor racing sometimes."

Looking ahead to Canada, Grosjean said he hopes to be competitive once again on another street circuit.

"It's a street circuit and normally I enjoy street circuits - I was right on the pace in Monaco. I enjoy the sensation of being close to the walls. There are really long straights and some big braking moments. The track surface can also present challenges as we've seen in other seasons, so it will be interesting to see what the grip level is like for myself. Finally, the weather in Montreal can be quite changeable, as we saw last year. I'm sure it'll be a challenging and exciting Grand Prix."