• Monaco Grand Prix - FP2

Grosjean's confidence not affected by crash

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Romain Grosjean didn't set a time on the super-soft tyres due to his crash but was still only 0.2s slower than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen © Sutton Images
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Romain Grosjean says he is still confident in the car despite crashing out in FP2 ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Having looked strong in FP1 and on the soft tyre runs in FP2, Grosjean crashed at Ste Devote at the start of his first flying lap on the super-soft tyre. Despite heavily damaging the left hand side of the car, Grosjean said he wasn't overly concerned by the incident and that it should set him back too much.

"It locked too late to get up the escape road," Grosjean said. "It's not a big deal; it's a bit of a shame that we lost some time in practice but the car is there, the confidence is there. I went in, it locked when I was already in to the corner, so unfortunately there was nothing that I could really do.

"The team is doing a great job first on the set-up and then on repairing a car. The beers will be on me on Sunday night!"

Grosjean also said the Lotus performance looks strong and that he would have been close to Nico Rosberg's fastest time in FP2 had he got the same gains as team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the super-soft tyre.

"It's not bad, I think it's going to be tight. Fernando [Alonso] is quick, both Mercedes are and I think we are so it's going to be a good battle.

"I think on Kimi's car he had a good gain on the tyres which is good because it shows we have a good gain on them. I was surprised that Fernando was not quicker on the super-soft, so I think we should have been there with Rosberg."