Romain Grosjean: “We were very slow on intermediate tires”

Romain Grosjean - Credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic

Romain Grosjean was left disappointed after seeing his British Grand Prix end prematurely with a transmission issue on his VF-16 on lap seventeen.

The Haas F1 Team driver crawled to a halt at Copse Corner, and ended his chances of a good result, even though he had already been compromised by a slow stint on the Intermediate Pirelli tyres that cost him a lot of time early in the race.

Grosjean knows the team will have to work to understand why the team struggled so much on the Intermediates, but feels the team learned a lot at Silverstone this weekend that will bode well for them later in the season.

“The weekend didn’t end positively as we had a technical issue in the race, forcing our retirement,” said Grosjean. “We were very slow on intermediate tires; that’s something we need to work on and understand.

“On a positive note, the car felt good on the high-speed corners, and qualifying was very tight. We almost made it to Q3, so that was great. We’ve had a lot of learning opportunities again this weekend. We have to take that as a positive.

“I’m very much looking forward to going to Hungary now. Our biggest challenge will be to get our tires to work, but when they do, the car feels very good.”