Romain Grosjean left the Marina Bay Street Circuit a frustrated man after his engine cost him a good grid position.
The Lotus driver made it through to Q2 in Singapore on Saturday and felt really good about getting close to the top 10, but he couldn’t find enough power in his Renault engine.
He ended up qualifying 16th fastest and made his frustrations known when the chequered flag came out, telling his team: “I cannot believe it, bloody engine, bloody engine. We break our balls for this? I don’t care, I don’t care, it’s too much.”
The team admitted after qualifying that they had a turbo wastegate problem and Grosjean felt his E22 was good enough to start much higher.
“We could have gotten up to P13 in qualifying today, the car was looking good and the team has been working very hard all weekend,” he said. “I’m happy as I can be with the E22 so it’s frustrating to have had an issue on the power side, which cost me a lot of time. Everything can happen in the race so we will have to go for it.”