Romain Grosjean reckons if it weren’t for Carlos Sainz pushing him wide and a drop in tyre temperature he may have recorded Haas’ first-ever F1 podium in Brazil.
Grosjean started the Interlagos race seventh on the grid and, after a solid showing in the race, was running P7 when the Safety Car came out for Valtteri Bottas’ stricken W10.
However, it all went wrong at the restart.
The Frenchman’s VF19 suffered a drop-off in tyre temperature that made it easy for Sainz to attack him for position. The McLaren driver shoved him wide as he made his move.
Grosjean continued to fall down the order, dropping to 13th place, while Sainz went onto finish on the podium in third place.
“It was honestly one of my best races,” Grosjean told Autosport. “I really drove it like flat out every single lap to the limit.
“But when the Safety Car came I knew we were dead.
“The tyre temps just dropped, I lost 40 degrees on the front-right tyre and I knew the restart was going to be tough.
“I was not very happy with Sainz, pushing me very wide in Turn 2, but even so then people on soft tyres behind me just passed me all the time.
“So one more time it’s our luck, when we can go for points, when we look good for points, we just get bad luck.”
Grosjean has not scored a single point since July’s German GP.
But while the Frenchman didn’t make it onto the podium, his compatriot Pierre Gasly did in second place.
Grosjean was happy for him.
“I’m happy for Pierre,” he said. “That’s the positive of the afternoon.
“He deserved that podium, I was the last Frenchman to stand on the podium. So good for him.”