Romain Grosjean: “I’ve been struggling all weekend long”

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Romain Grosjean will start the Malaysian Grand Prix in twelfth, after struggling all weekend with the balance of the Haas VF-16.

The Haas F1 Team driver was able to qualify at the Sepang International Circuit ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez. After struggling with the balance all weekend long, the Haas engineers were able to change the car to achieve a decent car balance, a balance that eventually, Grosjean was happy with.

“I’ve been struggling all weekend long to get the balance where we wanted,” said Grosjean. “Finally we got a decent car balance.

“We had to change so much on the car, which is a bit strange, so we need to analyse a bit more deeply what happened. Eventually, I was pretty happy with the car. We had a bit of an issue at the end of Q1.

“We left the garage very tight on time, so the team asked me to push really hard on the out lap, which isn’t ideal for the tires. But, we made it and everyone was pleased with that. In Q2 we tried something a bit different. It didn’t quite work as expected, but tomorrow is a long race so we’ll see.”