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Romain Grosjean is 'injury prone', says Lotus boss

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Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has compared his driver Romain Grosjean to an injury prone footballer after the Frenchman's tag of a 'crasher' returned at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Grosjean had a quiet start to the season largely being outshone by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen but just before his disastrous Monaco weekend he had shown signs of form scoring a podium in Bahrain.

However, in Monaco Grosjean had four crashes and has been given a ten place grid drop for the Canadian Grand Prix after ploughing into the back of Daniel Ricciardo exiting the tunnel.

The difficult weekend led to some questioning Grosjean's future at the team. Asked if he would consider replacing the 27-year-old which current GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi team boss Eric Boullier said: "Not yet.

"The first (Monaco) accident in practice was our fault," Lopez told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"The tyre pressures were wrong and we did not tell him. The second crash was comparable to Massa's -- we believe both were distracted by a car coming out of the pits.

"From that, he was under pressure for the rest of the weekend. The speed was there," he added.

Lopez also said that Grosjean's crash with Ricciardo was caused by frustration.

"Romain is not a guy who can drive behind for so long, especially when he knows he could be so much further forward," he said.

Looking forward Lopez smiled likening Grosjean to a footballer "who is constantly getting stupid injuries" but he was one of only a handful of naturally talented drivers on the grid.

"He's super fast in anything with four wheels -- he would be quick with a shopping cart.

"He is a natural talent and there are not too many others like him; Hulkenberg, Bianchi but I can't think of many others," said Lopez.


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