Romain Grosjean: “We had much more performance than we were showing”


Romain Grosjean will start tenth on Sunday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean was able to make it through to the top ten shootout for the British Grand Prix, but the Haas F1 Team racer will start down in tenth, with the Frenchman laying some of the blame on Lewis Hamilton.

Grosjean felt he was on a better lap than he ultimately managed during the early stages of Q3, but he found Hamilton on the racing line approaching the Vale setting himself up for a quick lap, and he felt that he lost at least three-tenths of a second, which would have put him ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.

A lock-up in his second run prevented him from improving significantly, and he felt there was more performance in the car than the qualifying result showed, but it at least gives him the opportunity to fight for points on Sunday.

“I’m not totally happy with P10,” said Grosjean. “The first run in Q3, I got completely blocked by Lewis Hamilton on the last corner losing me at good three-tenths. It cost me a least one position.

“With the second run I thought it was going to be fine, but I got to turn three and out of the blue I had massive rear-lock, so I lost almost half a second. I made it back over the lap, so I think we had much more performance than we were showing.

“I’m very unhappy with my first attempt being completely ruined at the last corner. Apart from all that, we were doing okay and doing a good job. It’s great to be in Q3 but there could’ve been so much more, so I’m a bit disappointed.”