New cars a bigger challenge at Monaco – Grosjean

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Romain Grosjean believes the new generation of Formula One cars will be particularly tricky to drive at Monaco in next week’s grand prix.

“It will be a challenge,” said Grosjean ahead of the race. “There will be less grip than in the past, so we will have to be careful with the right foot.”

However he expects the track will be less demanding from a point of view of fuel consumption.

“In terms of mapping, torque, energy and fuel saving I actually think it will be easier than most tracks because the race distance is shorter so we shouldn’t have to worry too much.

“Of course we’ll need the best drivability possible around the tricky sections, but the most important thing in Monaco is to trust your car and have confidence in it.”

Having scored Lotus’s first points of the season in Spain on Sunday, Grosjean has mixed views on how competitive their car will be at the next race.

“The emphasis at Monaco is on low speed corners, which is not our greatest strength,” he admitted, “but the team worked with Monaco in mind during the Barcelona test”.

“Bumpy straights and a low grip surface are the other main Monaco characteristics and how well you adapt to them can make or break your weekend. We’ll do our best with set-up and of course Monaco is less engine dependent than most circuits, which is better for us.

“It was nice not only to score points in Barcelona, but also to be fifth on the grid in qualifying – if we can do that again in Monaco it’ll be very good for us.”

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26 comments on New cars a bigger challenge at Monaco – Grosjean

  1. JackJ said on 16th May 2014, 15:21

    I’m psyched about the Maldonado show in Monaco. Can’t wait.

  2. Aqib (@aqibqadeer) said on 16th May 2014, 15:32

    new cars are a bigger challenge at any circuit this year but i agree the the challenge would be much bigger for the drivers at monaco

    • DaveD (@daved) said on 17th May 2014, 2:24

      Yep. Imagine that backend braking loose when you hit the gas and you’ll be buying a guard rail!!!

  3. Rigi (@rigi) said on 16th May 2014, 15:58

    remember grosjeans really bad weekend at monaco last year? expect it to happen again, only to his teammate this time.

  4. John H (@john-h) said on 16th May 2014, 18:46

    So happy that the new cars and a more conservative tyre philosophy is going to allow the them to push, make mistakes, have oversteer moments, etc…

    This is what the voices against the tyre conservation series of 2012 and 2013 were all going on about when Rosberg won at Monaco last year in ridiculous fashion and Hamilton bemoaned that he couldn’t drive any slower.

    It’s great to be talking about the challenge of driving fast cars fast again. Happy.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 16th May 2014, 19:08

      @john-h Agreed, this is proper racing.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th May 2014, 19:25

      exactly that @john-h, refreshing to see this back.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 16th May 2014, 19:37

      Yeah no cheese tyres anymore and difficult cars :D . This is what f1 needed . Hope the cars close up a little more in 2015.

    • Alec Glen (@alec-glen) said on 16th May 2014, 21:00

      They may be pushing but that doesn’t mean they’re driving fast cars quickly, far from it. Last year they eeked performance out of tyres without pushing them (enough to stop anyone getting by at least) and this year they’ll have so much oversteer on corner exit they won’t be going as close to the walls for fear of losing the rear so they may be pushing the tyres for grip but it won’t be fast.

      • John H (@john-h) said on 16th May 2014, 22:49

        I refer to the US GP last year after Pirelli had changed the construction and went conservative with the compound. Drivers were pushing and slipping an sliding (due to the green track) and it was excellent.

        Now, we don’t need a green track to get the same effect because drivers are just struggling to get a handle on their cars (which is a good thing), and the tyres won’t just crumble immediately if they do lose the back end. They will still have to push and find the appropriate limit of the car (Mercedes drivers included) – that’s where the skill is involved. And if they do slide or lock-up, sure the tyres will wear, but they won’t require an immediate pit stop like we saw this time last year.

        I agree though they won’t be going as close to the walls, but then again the ones that go closest and don’t hit them will probably be the fastest. That’s different to last year and that’s why I’m happy :)

  5. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 16th May 2014, 22:14

    Hopefully, it will be a very exciting race. :)

  6. Wesley (@wesley) said on 16th May 2014, 23:21

    I have a feeling this will be the most exciting Monaco race in years….fingers crossed!

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