Romain Grosjean had a disappointing opening day of practice after he was only able to participate in the second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Haas F1 Team driver was unable to set a time in the morning after experiencing technical issues on his installation lap. His mechanics tried to fix the problem but trouble continued on the second installation lap, with the team then deciding to end Grosjean’s run to perform a more in-depth analysis of the car.
The team found an engine inlet air leak was the problem, which led to a engine of change, but the Frenchman was able to run in the second practice session, finishing the session in nineteenth with a time of 1:48.391. It didn’t come without it’s problems though, at the final corner he spun and hit the wall, damaging his rear wing and left rear suspension and ending his session after only twelve laps.
Grosjean believes his performance on Friday was a bad way to start one of the most difficult Grand Prix.
“It was the worst Friday you could imagine for us,” said Grosjean. “I didn’t get a lap in this morning, and then we had some issues this afternoon that we need to solve.
“There was just no performance. It’s a very bad way to start one of the most difficult grand prix of the year. Tomorrow is another day.”