• Monaco Grand Prix

Grosjean rues poor luck

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean came together with Michael Schumacher on the run down to turn one © Sutton Images
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Romain Grosjean chalked off his retirement in the Monaco Grand Prix as bad luck and said a better starting position will be key to avoid a similar situation in future.

Grosjean had his left rear suspension broken in contact with Michael Schumacher at the start of the race, which caused him to spin before turn one and forced his retirement. Looking back on the incident Grosjean felt that starting higher up would have helped but said he couldn't have found more performance himself in qualifying.

"I think in qualy I did what I could do," Grosjean said. "Maybe I could improve a little bit but we were still working to understand things so I don't think it would have changed much to have been on pole position. It was just a few things together; Lewis had a very bad start as well, I had Fernando trying to come in between us and then Michael was in my rear left - I didn't see him and then that was the end."

Grosjean added that he feels like Lotus has found out how to get the most out of its car in race trim, but will need to be more competitive in qualifying in Canada.

"I think now we are pretty up there with the speed of the car, especially on prime tyres; we were the fastest by far I think. Options we still need to work, we know that, but I think we have a few ideas to work on in the future about them. I'm looking forward to Canada and trying to get a proper qualifying to be at the front and then a very good race."