Romain Grosjean: “It’s good to be back in Q3″


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Romain Grosjean will start the Brazilian Grand Prix in seventh, after reaching Q3 of qualifying on Saturday.

The Haas F1 Team driver appeared in Q3 for the second time during the 2016 Formula 1 season, the previous being three Grand Prix ago in Japan. With setting a quickest time of 1:11.937, he will start Sunday’s race ahead of Nico Hulkenberg. This is a good position for Grosjean, especially after qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix in twenty-first.

For the Frenchman, the VF-16 felt good right from the beginning along with cooler track conditions helping Grosjean in his performance.

“It’s good to be back in Q3,” said Grosjean. “Especially after the last two races where we were out in Q1 and really struggling.

“Here we’ve been trying some new brakes, focusing on making them work as well as we could. The feeling was good right from the beginning and the cooler track conditions today really helped us a lot. There are still plenty of margins to improve for the future.

“We’re always learning more about what we need to do, but we really weren’t expecting to be in Q3 today. Generally though, when we do get things working well together, we’re quite fast, which is encouraging.”