24th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Romain Grosjean says the Lotus simply weren't fast enough during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Frenchman, who will start 14th, says the team were struggling through the slow corners, which is a big problem around the tight streets in Monaco.
“Unfortunately we were not fast enough. We were hoping that the warmer conditions might help a little bit today but it wasn’t to be." Grosjean said.
"It was a difficult qualifying session despite the car balance being okay but I think that the car is struggling a bit in slow corners, which is something that we were concerned might be the case."
"We will have to work on this to make it better as the E22’s much better in the high speed areas. It is very difficult to predict what will happen in races here, but we will always fight to the end.”
Pastor Maldonado said his 15th place qualifying position was due to a lack of tyre temperature and traffic, which in turn made getting temperature into the tyres harder.
“We struggled to get sufficient temperature in the tyres which seem to be a very hard compound for Monaco." he said.
"I also suffered a lot from the traffic which didn’t help with tyre temperature or getting a fast lap."
"It’s a long race tomorrow so we’ll try to be clean in the first couple of laps, try to have a good strategy and we will see what we can do and deliver as best we can.”