Romain Grosjean: “The car wasn’t doing anything I wanted”


Romain Grosjean was slowest in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix - Credit: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Romain Grosjean expects to have a tough Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after admitting to struggling with his Haas F1 Team car throughout the weekend at the Sochi Autodrom.

The Frenchman endured a terrible qualifying session, ending up slowest of everyone as he was unable to get the best out of his VF-17, unlike team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who starts fourteenth.

Grosjean also found himself compromised by yellow flags on his final run that prevented him from improving, the third time this season that yellow flags have affected Haas during qualifying, and he believes something needs to be done to prevent drivers losing out because of other people’s mistakes.

“I’ve been very unhappy with the car since yesterday morning,” said Grosjean. “Something is just not working, and then today we had the yellow flags on my last lap while I was trying to improve.

“We need a solution for those yellow flags. Three races now we’ve had at least one Haas (car) out because we get a yellow flag on our last attempt, so that’s a bit too much.

“Kevin has been pretty happy with his car and I haven’t. It was nothing in the brakes, it was just the car wasn’t doing anything I wanted. I think tomorrow will be very hard.”