Romain Grosjean felt it was a difficult day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday despite being inside or just around the top ten in both free practice sessions.
The Haas F1 Team racer finished the opening session in eighth, just behind team-mate Kevin Magnussen, while he eleventh fastest in the second session, but the Frenchman admitted to struggling all day long to get his Pirelli tyres to work.
Grosjean knows that his team are not the only ones experiencing this troubles, and he believes that should they get them working, it could be a competitive weekend for the American outfit at the Spanish circuit.
“It’s not been an easy day,” admitted Grosjean. “We’ve been dealing with a lot of things.
“I think the tyres are struggling a bit here to work, or at least we’re struggling to get the tyres to work. I don’t think we’re the only ones – a lot of cars have been running wide. So that’s going to be key, getting those correct. If we can do that, we can gain a lot of lap time.
“We just focused on more work this afternoon, seeing what other tools could be available so we can put everything together for tomorrow.”