Grosjean blames Ericsson for worst birthday ever

Date published: April 17 2016

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has slammed Marcus Ericsson for ruining his race at the Chinese Grand Prix and causing his birthday to be a complete disaster.

On his 30th birthday, the Frenchman started the GP on the Shanghai International Circuit in P14, but was hit by the Sauber driver in turn 1 and eventually finished the race in P19.

"It was the worst possible birthday," Grosjean told Canal in a post race interview. "That idiotic Ericsson hit me in Turn 1 and broke my front wing.

"He saw nothing, he understood nothing, I just think he should open his eyes."

Not scoring for the first time this season, Grosjean added that the Swede completely botched his chances of competing for points during the race but did say that the incident could be a learning experience for the team.

The balance of the car was disastrous from the start to the end,” the former Lotus driver continued.

"We need to analyse, to understand, there might be a physical issue.

"We can't have gone from where we were to where we are with no reason. Such a weekend can be positive in order to understand things."