Romain Grosjean: “It’s great to have the two cars in the points”


Romain Grosjean finished eighth in Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean was happy to see his Haas F1 Team finish the Monaco Grand Prix with both drivers inside the top ten, the first time in the youngest team on the grid’s history, but felt his own race was a tough one.

The Frenchman finished eighth on Sunday, with team-mate Kevin Magnussen tenth, but admitted he did not have the pace to stick to those ahead of him, and with the retirements happening behind him, he didn’t have the opportunity to gain any positions.  He did move up one position thanks to Sergio Perez‘s problems but lost out to Lewis Hamilton who jumped him in the pits.

Despite the positive result for the team, Grosjean acknowledges there is still learning to be done in order to move even further up the order.

“It’s the first time we’ve had two cars in the top-10, so that’s really good, especially in Monaco,” said Grosjean. “It was a tough race. We didn’t have the pace to stay with the first few guys.

“Unfortunately, nothing was happening at the front, it was all behind me. Every time a car retired it was behind me. Lewis (Hamilton) had some free air, and then managed to jump us at the pit stop.

“It’s great to have the two cars in the points. We managed to stay out of trouble and I drove as fast as I could. There’s a lot more we need to analyze and understand, but we’re growing as a team.”