Grosjean: Haas a ‘handful’ in ‘horrible’ race

Jon Wilde
Romain Grosjean Haas

Romain Grosjean described his Spanish Grand Prix as “horrible”

Romain Grosjean described his Spanish Grand Prix as “horrible” after again failing to get anywhere near the impressive pace he had produced in practice.

The Frenchman had looked to be in for a strong weekend when he finished inside the top six in both FP1 and FP2, but things went backwards on Saturday after the Haas team had to work until 4am to change the engine in his car.

Back to what has become his regular position among the backmarkers during qualifying, Grosjean started from P17 and in the race he ended up last of the 19 finishers following a late spin when he took too much kerb.

Asked by F1 about the spin, Grosjean shrugged it off and joked: “I think it was just to show the sponsor off on TV! I didn’t have much coverage until that point.

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“From lap one to the last lap (the race) was horrible. The car was absolutely a handful and I can’t understand what happened from Friday.

“On Friday, long run, short run, everything was fast, everything was competitive, everything was under control and today it was just not fun.”

On his prospects for the next race, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on August 30, Grosjean hoped it would be the exact opposite scenario to this weekend, saying: “Maybe a tough Friday and a good Saturday and Sunday.”

In contrast, his team-mate Kevin Magnussen was happier despite also finishing well out of the points in P15 – citing a lack of pace as the only real issue.

“I think we did everything we could today,” said the Dane. “On our side, I think we just missed some pace, which of course is a very crucial thing.

“In terms of driving the race and strategy, everything we thought we needed to do beforehand we did – made a one-stop work, got a good start and got the balance right in the car.

“All the communication from the team to me went well. I overtook when I needed to and it felt like a very good race, just the result isn’t so good.

“But that’s just pace, I guess. Other than that, I think we did the best we could.”

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