Romain Grosjean: “It’s not a bad place to be after qualifying”


Romain Grosjean - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean will start the Belgian Grand Prix from eleventh place on the grid, just missing out on his first appearance of the season in Q3 by less than three-tenths of a second.

It looked as though the Frenchman would make it through having sat inside the top ten after the first set of runs, but despite making an improvement on his second run, the Haas F1 Team driver was displaced out of the top ten shootout by the McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button.

Grosjean was happy with how the car ran during qualifying, and is looking for an attacking strategy during Sunday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps in order to secure his fifth points finish of 2016, and his first since finishing seventh in the Austrian Grand Prix at the beginning of July.

“The car was fine in qualifying,” said Grosjean. “We made a good step before the summer break, so I’m more happy with the car. There are still a few things we can improve but, generally, it’s not a bad place to be after qualifying.

“For the race, I don’t think we’ll be as challenged as some of the other teams. Hopefully, we can have a good, aggressive strategy and try to make it work to get some points.”