Grosjean: It is not pleasant to come to Monza and not race

8 September, 2012

Romain Grosjean in the Lotus pit garage at Monza

Romain Grosjean at Monza in the Lotus pit garage

Sep.8 (GMM) An unusually forlorn Romain Grosjean was an unhappy pitwall spectator on Friday as he serves his one-race ban for last Sunday’s Spa crash, watching Lotus’ reserve driver Jerome d’Ambrosio drive his black and gold car.

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 crash at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 2 September 2012.The Frenchman arrived at the Monza paddock as practice began and was asked by RMC Sport if he has thought deeply about the crash that wiped Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso out of the Belgian Grand Prix and also cost him EUR 50,000, Grosjean answered: “Think [about it], yes, but then again I would say no because I don’t necessarily want to relive it.

“I just wanted to understand why [it happened] so I can go to the next race in Singapore stronger,” he added.

Normally smiling ear-to-ear, Grosjean admitted it is hard to be trackside in such difficult circumstances.

“It is not pleasant to come to Monza and not race,” he said. “It was a collective decision. We are together as a team in good times and in bad. We didn’t ask, neither me nor the team, it [coming to Monza] just seemed natural.”

(L to R): Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1, Alan Permane (GBR) Lotus F1 Race Engineer and Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) Lotus. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday 7 September 2012.“The team has offered me amazing support all week. So, today, I am happy to be here to try to help if I can. If Jerome has any questions, I will answer them with pleasure for the team to score points in the championship,” revealed Grosjean.

“It may also be interesting to see how Kimi [Raikkonen] works. I spent two sessions with the engineers on the pitwall and noticed a lot of interesting things that I want to try in Singapore,” added the reigning GP2 series champion.

Grosjean did not want to say if he thinks the penalty – the first time the FIA has banned a driver in almost two decades – is unfair.

“It’s severe but I accept it, and hopefully we can grow from it. I think we are going to review some things, redesign the weekends a little bit, focus on different things to be better equipped for the starts. To throw everything away and start from scratch would be a mistake,” mused Grosjean.

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