Formula 1

Grosjean’s Expensive Malaysian Practice Crash ‘Absurd’ for Team Boss Haas

1 Mins read
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Gene Haas said the crash for Romain Grosjean during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend was ‘absurd’ as it cost a near fortune through no fault of either driver or team.

Grosjean was driving at speed through turn thirteen of the Sepang International Circuit when he hit a dislodged drain cover, which immediately punctured his tyre and heavily damaged his Haas F1 Team car, with the Frenchman hitting the tyre barrier on the outside of the corner as a result.

Despite team owner Haas admitting that it was out of their control, the cost of the incident ran into the hundreds of thousands, especially as Grosjean was running new, recently developed parts that were written off.

“It was just one of those things,” said Haas to Motorsport.com. “You have enough problems in this business with all kinds of events occurring, and all of a sudden that seems kind of absurd, a little bit of a drain cover at a race track, something that we have no control over, destroys one of our cars.

“I think it kind of ruins your weekend. A front nose is a hundred thousand, a rear wing is a hundred thousand, and the bits in between are in the hundreds of thousands.

“It’s extremely expensive. We know we have to have those things in races and practices, but where they occur outside your control, it’s just absurd.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Articles
Related posts
Formula 1

RB vs Haas: The Battle for Sixth

5 Mins read
With the F1 season halfway through, the fight for sixth in the Constructors’ Championship is intensifying between Visa Cash App RB and MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. Haas’ recent resurgence, fueled by car upgrades and strong driver performances, has closed the gap on RB who are struggling with a problematic upgrade package. The battle is set to be thrilling, with potential driver changes adding another layer of intrigue.
Formula 1

3 Talking Points from the 2024 British Grand Prix

4 Mins read
The 2024 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton return to the top step for the first time since 2021, but what other talking points came from the weekend? We discuss Mercedes’ resurgence, Lando Norris’ missed opportunity, and Sergio Perez’s growing pressure.
Formula 1

"Not Making the Right Decisions": Norris Rues Strategy Errors That Cost Him British GP Victory

2 Mins read
Lando Norris admits to strategic errors costing him a potential win at his home race. McLaren driver blames himself and the team for not making the “right decisions” after finishing third at the 2024 British Grand Prix. Despite leading during the wet conditions, Norris fell back after questionable tyre choices.