MOTORSPORT: Grosjean's happy to ride luck

The Oxford Times: Romain Grosjean was eighth in the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday Romain Grosjean was eighth in the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday

Romain Grosjean expressed his satisfaction after finishing eighth, the first time he has completed a Monaco race in yesterday's event.

The driver from the Enstone-based Lotus team, was hit from behind on the first lap by Adrian Sutil, causing a puncture which required a pit stop.

But despite the blow he worked his way up the order and into the points.

Teammate Pastor Maldonado’s woes continued as his car failed to get off the grid due to a fuel supply issue.

“It’s good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it’s good to get some points too,” said Grosjean.

“It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap.

“We swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs.

“The safety car timing didn’t help as we’d just gone out on the new tyres.

“You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end.”

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