Romain Grosjean: “We’ve gone from hero to zero in less than 24 hours”

Romain Grosjean - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Haas F1 Team suffered a terrible weekend at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean crashing before the race even began, meaning that he did not start in his well-earned seventh place on the grid.

Grosjean had a fantastic Saturday, qualifying seventh on the grid, being the fastest driver outside of the top three teams, something that normally would fall to a Williams Martini or Scuderia Force India driver. However, on one of the installation laps before the race began, he lost control of his car by aquaplaning up the hill, and ended up crashing into the barrier at the top of the incline before the start/finish straight.

The Frenchman could only apologise for what happened, commenting that, “well, I’m sorry for the fans, for all of Haas F1 Team. We’ve gone from hero to zero in less than 24 hours.

What can I say? I wasn’t even flat out. I was barely faster than (Esteban) Gutiérrez, and then the car just spun. It was just bad luckThere was really no grip at that point. I picked up the wheelspin, spun and crashed.

“I feel so bad for the crew. It was a big impact, something like 30G.  It happens fast in Formula One, but I’m okay physically.”