Date: 4th June 2013 at 8:45am
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Romain Grosjean knows that the penalty imposed on him for Canada means that he’ll have to be working ?back up the order?, however that’s what he’s planning to do.

The Lotus was running very well according to Grosjean at Monaco, and he was confident of a good finish, he said: ‘It was certainly a rollercoaster, and one where we could have achieved a lot more with the pace of the car.

‘No-one wants to make contact with the barriers at Monaco and it’s a fine balance between going fast and going too fast; there’s such a tiny margin for error, as I found out.

‘The positives are that we significantly improved the car again to make it more predictable over the weekend and that helped me a lot.’

Unfortunately a crash with Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso meant both men were forced to retire from that race, a race that had also seen Grosjean crash three times in practice ? hence his ?rollercoaster thoughts!?

This crash with Ricciardo left Grosjean carrying the can and with him apportioned the blame he was hit with a 10-place grid penalty to be enforced at Canada this weekend.

Grosjean believes he is unlucky to ?suffer quite a harsh penalty? for that crash, and knows the result of it will make placing tough at Montreal but he’s up for the challenge of working his way through the field, adding: ‘I think we had the pace to be in the top three, but unfortunately we didn’t get the qualifying position we wanted and it?s almost impossible to move up the order in Monaco.

‘I got caught out behind Daniel and will have to suffer quite a harsh penalty of ten places on the Montreal grid, but we’ll be working hard to devise the best strategy to work back up the order.’

Harsh or not the penalty is in place, that can’t be changed, but Grosjean’s mentality and approach to this is a good one to have and could help him out a fair bit.

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