Romain Grosjean believes Daniel Ricciardo was at fault for the crash that put both out of the Monaco Grand Prix and earned the Lotus driver a penalty.
The Franco-Swiss driver had a difficult weekend in the Principality, crashing twice in practice, failing to make Q3 and then rear-ending Ricciardo's Toro Rosso in the race. That collision earned Grosjean a 10-place grid penalty for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, but he believes the crash was a result of Ricciardo being very slow at that stage of the race.
Asked or his take on the incident, Grosjean said: "I was following him for 61 laps and he was really struggling with his rear tires with a lot of graining and no more grip. I was close in the tunnel and got caught out by the fact that he was braking early in the middle of the track."
OPTIMISTIC DESPITE POOR WEEKEND
Grosjean added that he believes he can put a run of consistent performances together after an up-and-down start to the 2013 season.
"The first three races of the season were hard because we couldn't find what was suiting me in the car," he said. "Now that we sorted that out, Bahrain was good, and in Barcelona the simulations said we were going for P3 in the race but then there was a mechanical failure.
"In Monaco, I missed out in qualifying and when you are running 14th you cannot do much. There were a few too many touches with the barriers, but we did improve the car a lot to make it predictable. [From Canada] it should be good."