Cape Town - Romain Grosjean has said he has had some "tough
luck" so far this season as he tries to grab his first points of the
season in Monaco.
The Frenchman and Williams' Sergey Sirotkin are the only two
drivers left who have yet to score a point so far in this campaign, with
Grosjean suffering his third retirement in five races after causing an opening
lap crash in Spain.
"It’s been a tough series recently, with tough
luck," Grosjean said in his race preview for Monaco.
"Obviously, yes, it’s a shame when your race ends on
the first lap, but it does happen sometimes."
Grosjean has been slapped with a three-grid penalty for the
causing the collision at the Circuit de Catalunya, making the Haas driver's
task even harder at a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake.
“It’s probably one of the worst races to get a
penalty," he bemoaned.
"It is what it is. We’ve got to live with it. Our
strategy will be to qualify as high as we can and move from there.
"I do remember Monaco in 1996 when Olivier Panis wo.
"He was the last Frenchman to win a grand prix. I
remember that race, especially, as it was a crazy race.
"He started 14th and was one of only three cars to
cross the finish.
"Of course, the history of Monaco, and all the racing
cars, and the changes to the circuit over the years - we love it because Monaco