Grosjean bemoans start line chaos that compromised Spanish GP


Romain Grosjean claimed the final point on offer in the Spanish Grand Prix - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean felt his race could have been much different had he not been compromised at the start that saw him drop a number of places, with the Frenchman feeling that he could have been up or around where Nico Hülkenberg was in sixth on Sunday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Haas F1 Team driver was ultimately forced to settle for tenth, which only came as a result of team-mate Kevin Magnussen suffering a puncture whilst running ninth with just two laps remaining.

Grosjean also complained about the Medium Pirelli tyre, which he struggled to get to work properly compared to the Softs, but was ultimately happier with the performance of his VF-17 on race day than he was

“Well, it’s good for the team to score a point, but a shame for Kevin with his puncture to lose P9,” said Grosjean. “I had a good start, then into turns one and two there were a lot of cars spinning.

“I had to go on the astroturf to avoid them. If that hadn’t been the case, I’d have been next to (Nico) Hulkenberg or in front of him and the race would’ve been different.

“The pace was there on the softs, but I was always into traffic. On mediums – I really struggled to get those tyres to work. There’s a lot of work we can do.

“I was happier with the car today than yesterday, but still we have to work hard to get a good run home.”