Romain Grosjean: “It was just a bad afternoon”


Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 24 July 2016. World Copyright: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _ONY5036. Vredit: Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean was extremely disappointed with the performance of the VR16 during the Hungarian Grand Prix, having expected to be much stronger following a positive qualifying session on Saturday, but not for the first time the Frenchman was unable to find the right balance in the car, and that along with wrong strategy choices, ruined any chance of Grosjean scoring points in the race.

After feeling good in qualifying and lining up eleventh on the grid, the Frenchman was confident ahead of the race and felt the team’s chances of picking up a good result would be high. However, race day proved to be a completely different story, and nothing seemed to work or go right for the Frenchman for the duration of the event.

Points should have been a possibility for the 30-year-old, but driveability again proved to be the squad’s downfall, and for the second race in a row team-mate Esteban Gutierrez finished ahead of Grosjean, with both drivers finishing the grand prix out of the points..

“It was just a bad afternoon. Nothing really worked. Our strategy didn’t work, the car didn’t work. I was trying to find a balance, but I just couldn’t get it.

“I’m sure there’s a lot to learn from the afternoon, but it’s a disappointing outcome.

“I was expecting us to be in better shape. I was expecting to be able to score points after yesterday’s qualifying session.”

As we head to the German Grand Prix this weekend, Grosjean will be looking to forget the weekend’s events in Budapest and will be hoping for improved performance when he gets behind the wheel of the VR16 at Hockenheim.