Grosjean: There wasn’t enough room and next thing I’m facing all the traffic

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2012, Grand Prix of Monaco,  crash of #10 Romain Grosjean (FRA, Lotus F1 Team) and #7 Michael Schumacher (GER, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) during the start *** Local Caption *** +++ +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI +++

Romain Grosjean loses his rear wheel as he squeezes Michael Schumacher into the barrier

May 28 (Lotus) A strong start to the week came to an abrupt end for Romain Grosjean, as the Frenchman’s inaugural Monaco Grand Prix lasted just a matter of metres, but the reigning GP2 champion remained philosophical, drawing on the positives to take into the remainder of the year

2012 Monaco Grand Prix - Early shower for Romain Grosjean Lotus E20A disappointing end to a promising weekend for you. What happened?
We struggled to get off the line and it looked like Lewis [Hamilton] in front didn’t have the best start either. Fernando [Alonso] pulled alongside him so I was then on the outside of both cars, and unfortunately Michael [Schumacher] was on the outside of me as well. There just wasn’t enough room and next thing I’m facing all the traffic after just one hundred metres which wasn’t a nice feeling.

What goes through your head when you’re sat facing the oncoming traffic?
The first thing is you just hope everyone will see what’s happened and manage to avoid you. These guys are the best drivers in the world, but unfortunately in a situation like that – especially around such a narrow track as Monaco – it’s very difficult not to end up with more cars involved.

What positives can we take from the weekend?
The Free Practice sessions went very smoothly with no mistakes, and the E20 been competitive at another very different circuit which is positive. Our pace over the weekend was really encouraging, as there are always questions marks when you come to this track – it’s so unique you can never really tell how the car will perform. I think it’s a good sign for the rest of the season.

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  • Bushby_23

    Very nice photo at the top.

  • grossy

    romain lettuce you french fries head! you ruined schumi’s race!

  • Lol.

    Did he balls ruin Schumi’s race. Watch the replays, if schumi had lifted and not braked then Romain would never have touched him. If they had maintained speed, Romain would have had to turn earlier to make the corner, at which point his rear wheel would have been well out Michael’s way.

  • grossy


    well look at the racing line. french fry head went over the kerb from alonso then on to the racing line of schumi. he shouldn’t have moved to the left! stupid of him. he did it twice already to him. knucklehead!

  • hillside

    Schumi doesn’t have to brake because they were side to side. Romain is the one who should lift because he’s getting sandwich going to the corner

  • fools

    @hillside…if you look at the first picture above, it clearly shows they are not side by side. Romain is ahead and Schumi should lift.

    Schumi was behind him anyways on the grid which should consequesntly make you lift knowing a tight corner is ahead and no spacing is available. Only option is to lift.

    Alonso is not to blame to force Romain into Schumi as Alonso found a gap and had a better start off the grid.

    As Senna would say…”if you are not racing for a gap, you are not racing driver”.

  • hillside

    if you saw the start and not the first pic, you’ ll see Romain got off the line slowly then he bumped the Ferrari but still press it and that’s where he clip Schumi… Schumi just hit the wall when Romain got him in that pic but they’re side to side first… check out the vids its out there.