Romain Grosjean: “Pretty good result at the end of the day”

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Romain Grosjean believes qualifying eleventh for the European Grand Prix is the best Haas F1 Team could have hoped for.

The Frenchman has had a good weekend so far at the Baku City Circuit after completing times just outside of the top ten in all practice sessions. Grosjean will start the Grand Prix from eleventh, behind the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS of Lewis Hamilton, after setting his best lap time this weekend of 1:44.755.

Grosjean believes just being outside the top ten is quite good for their strategy and the tyres for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“Pretty good result at the end of the day,” said Grosjean. “It was the best we could’ve hoped for. Being just outside the top-10 is actually quite good for our strategy and the tires tomorrow.

“I struggled with the grip and the braking in Q1. I was blocked a couple of times and I was a bit worried. The second run I needed a clean lap and we did that. The car felt great in Q2 and I managed to get some good grip from the tires, which helped a lot.

“We still have to investigate our brakes a bit to make sure the car is performing better. Generally, it was a good performance from the team. All weekend long it’s been working well, so I’m happy with that.”