Eric Boullier is confident Romain Grosjean will not devolve to the driver he was at the start of the last season despite a trying weekend in Monaco…
Eric Boullier is confident Romain Grosjean will not devolve to the driver he was at the start of the last season despite a trying weekend in Monaco.
Grosjean will start the next race in Canada with a ten-place grid penalty after his fourth and final accident of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
The Frenchman’s weekend began with a minor incident in FP1 and progressed to a bigger one in Thursday’s second practice.
That, though, was just the start of it.
Another crash in final practice put him on the back foot in qualifying, however, he still managed to get through to Q2, qualifying in 13th place.
Struggling to make his way through the traffic and into the points on Sunday, his weekend came to naught when he crashed into the back of Daniel Ricciardo in the rundown to the chicane.
The stewards deemed Grosjean to be solely responsible and slapped with a grid penalty for Canada.
Asked by Sky Sports F1 what Lotus planned to do about Grosjean after his crash-filled weekend, the team boss said: “Keep the pace and make sure he’s back under control like he was at the beginning of the season.
“[We will] sit down with him and let’s go through the weekend. It’s always the same story, especially in Monaco. He had the pace, we could see it. It’s even more frustrating because of that.
“Thursday’s accident didn’t help but it happens. The rest of the story went worse on Saturday morning. I think building up his frustration was Ricciardo who didn’t allow him to complete the Q2 like he should have done and [being] 13th on the grid just finishes the frustration.
“I think we just need to cool him down and have a proper discussion when we are back in the factory.”
Pressed as to whether he was worried about the weekend having an adverse effect on his driver, he said: “No, it’s not a worry.
“He did a great job over the winter and fixed all the problems he had last year, I think it’s just frustration sometime that he knows he can be fast and he just needs to build himself and say he is fast and he can deliver some big results.
“He did it in Bahrain, he was on his way to do it in Barcelona so it’s just not losing the momentum and making sure he’s back on track with a real expectation.”