Grosjean not concerned by front wing failure

Date published: April 12 2019

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Romain Grosjean has no concerns after he suffered a front wing failure in Free Practice 2 ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The right-hand side of the VF-19’s front wing began to collapse at turn 1 as the Frenchman started his flying lap.

This process would continue, causing Grosjean to lose downforce, lock up and go wide at turn 14.

Despite a similar incident occurring back in pre-season testing, the 32-year-old does not believe there is specific cause for the issue.

“I don’t think I hit any kerb,” he told media at Shanghai.

“It collapsed in turn one. It’s quite clear on the TV footage it went in turn one and went a second time, completely, in turn 13.”

Grosjean claimed that sporadic component failures have been a character of Haas’ designs since they joined the sport, recalling “it started with my first day in the car [at a] filming day in Barcelona in 2016.”

However he said the latest failure was no cause for concern. “We try things and obviously try to make the car as light as you can and sometimes you overdo it,” he explained.

“Maybe that’s not even the case, I’m not a designer, I haven’t got into it.

“I’ve just finished the session, I’m more focused on getting the performance out of the car than thinking why the front wing went.

“I’m not worried, the guys always solve the issue. The build of the car is really impressive so I think it’s going to be good.”

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