Romain Grosjean: “It was a pretty good qualifying session”


Romain Grosjean will start eighth in Monaco for Haas - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean made it through to the top ten shootout for the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Haas F1 Team driver will start eighth on the grid on Sunday.

The Frenchman admitted his car was at times unpredictable to drive due to tyre issues, but it all came good when it mattered, with his 1:13.349s less than two-tenths of a second off sixth.

It was a close run thing in Q1 with Grosjean jumping out of the drop zone on his very final lap at the expense of Esteban Ocon, but Q2 was a much better experience with his fastest time of the day of 1:13.203s, and although he couldn’t match that in Q3 he was happy with the outcome of qualifying.

“It was a pretty good qualifying session,” said Grosjean. “The car was quite unpredictable, but that was the tyres. They went from working to not working, front and rear.

“The car was changing every lap. I was struggling with that as I like to have a car balance I understand, but eventually in Q1 I managed to get a decent enough lap in and pulled through. In Q2, I had a really good lap, the tyres worked, then in Q3 not quite so good with the rear tyres.

“Anyway, we’re here in the top-10 and that’s what we wanted. It’s a great place to start the race.”