Romain Grosjean: “The damage had already been done”

Romain Grosjean - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean finished thirteenth at the Belgian Grand Prix, but felt he lost too much time in the first part of the race to be able to secure a good result.

The Haas F1 Team driver ran inside the top ten in the early laps after avoiding the chaos at turn one, but was unable to keep other drivers behind him as he suffered with a lack of top speed on his VF16, an issue the team managed to solve but not before the Frenchman was well out of contention for a top ten finish.

Despite the problems at Spa-Francorchamps, Grosjean admitted that he has been feeling happier behind the wheel of the Haas car in recent races, but admitted to being disappointed about missing out on points.

“Well, it was a very good start and a very good first lap,” said Grosjean. “Unfortunately, I didn’t have any top speed in the beginning of the race. Something was not going quite right. It took a lot of time to solve that.

“My last stint wasn’t bad. I made up a lot of time on everyone, but the damage had already been done. We had a shot at a good finish today.

“On the positive side, I’m much happier with the car than I was recently, so that’s at least great. It’s just a shame we lost an opportunity for a good result.”