Romain Grosjean: “It was quite an unbelievable qualifying session for us”

Romain Grosjean qualified an excellent sixth for the Australian Grand Prix - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean was one of the stars of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, with the Frenchman achieving the Haas F1 Team’s best qualifying result to date with sixth on the grid.

Grosjean has been fast all weekend long so far at Albert Park, and although he was disappointed with the outcome of team-mate Kevin Magnussen’s session, his own he described as ‘unbelievable’ as he managed to be best of the rest behind the top three teams.

“Happy day. It was quite an unbelievable qualifying session for us,” said Grosjean. “It’s a shame that we didn’t get Kevin there, but the car is looking good, even better than what we’ve seen recently.

“We’ve made some good progress over the weekend. There’s a lot more we can understand and analyze but, generally, it’s a great start for us.”

The Frenchman believes it is important to start the season with a positive, and the qualifying result gives him the belief that a good result could be on the cards on Sunday.

“It’s always good to start with a strong qualifying session,” insisted Grosjean.  “It tells you that if you keep improving the car, you could be in a good place very soon. If that’s our baseline, and you can fight between sixth and tenth position, where it’s so tight, it would be great to be there most of the time and enjoy some good times.

“Tomorrow’s start is a big unknown. We’ve been practicing and some have been good, others not so much. Hopefully, we’ll get the first one right tomorrow.”