Haas F1 Team suffered a challenging weekend with no points scored at the Singapore Grand Prix, whilst Romain Grosjean has criticised Sergey Sirotkin for his ‘go-kart racing’ actions during the race.
The American team leave the Marina Bay Street Circuit empty handed as their fellow rivals Renault Sport Formula One Team extend the gap to claiming fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
Grosjean endured a challenging race that saw him struggle on the Hypersoft tyres he qualified on, which degraded quickly during the early stages of the race.
The Frenchman found that it was an disadvantage qualifying in the top ten as he blast the softest compound tyre for being a poor race tyre.
“I think it was a frustrating race for everyone who qualified between seventh and 10th on the hypersofts. It was such a poor tyre in the race,” said Grosjean.
“We did 10 laps and they completely went, while the ultrasofts did, I don’t know how many laps, 40? So, it’s almost better not to qualify in the top-10.
“Maybe we need to think about that a little bit because I felt like I pushed really hard in qualifying and in the race every single lap. I did the best I could but, in the end, I had no chance of being in the top-10.”
The Frenchman encountered trouble with the Stewards as he was failed to obey blue flags during the race, handing him a penalty and penalty points. Grosjean now has nine points of his licence in a twelve month period, only three away from achieving a one race ban.
The standout incident was with Williams Martini Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin, who together battled for position on track, whilst being show the blue flags to allow race leader Lewis Hamilton through. The pair failed to follow the flags at Turn eight and nine before eventually allowing the lead through.
The contribution of Sirotkin and Grosjean holding up Hamilton allowed Max Verstappen to close up for the lead, but couldn’t execute a move whilst being behind the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver.
Grosjean says that he apologies for blocking any drivers during the race, but slams the Russian driver for his ‘go-kart’ style of driving.
“I’m sorry if I blocked anyone, it was not my intention. I believe I did my best,” added Grosjean.
“I was fighting with Sergey, who was doing a little bit of go-kart racing out there. I couldn’t really slow down. Pierre was on my gearbox and Sergey was on my front wing. I passed him, then as soon as I passed him, I let Lewis by.”
Grosjean’s team-mate Kevin Magnussen had a very quiet race down the field, finishing in eighteenth place but left Singapore with the fastest lap of the race.
The Dane’s first ever fastest lap in Formula 1 was a slight highlight, in what was a tough weekend and will hope he will bounce back at the next race in Russia.
“It was a long day at the office,” said Magnussen. “Obviously, it was a tough day for the team. I guess a slight highlight was getting the track record.
“It’s not really worth anything but perhaps a smile. Let’s move on, reset, and get ready to attack again in Russia.”