Romain Grosjean admitted that his German Grand Prix was one of those races where anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
The Frenchman was already on the back foot before the start thanks to a five place penalty in qualifying, which left him well down the grid after a poor performance in the wet session.
Any hopes the Lotus man had of working his way into the points were ended on the opening lap when contact on the run down to the hairpin forced him to make an unscheduled stop to replace his front wing and a punctured tyre.
In the end, Grosjean could only trail in down in 18th place and he admitted it was a race to forget.
“We were on the back foot from the outset after the grid penalty and nothing went right today,” he said. “It's a shame as I had a good start and took a few places in the first corner. Then on the straight there was contact and that was the race pretty much ruined for me. I'm not sure exactly what happened – we'll have to look at the on-board footage to get a better idea – but my car was badly damaged with a broken front wing and a puncture. By the time I managed to get back to the pits the race was as good as over. You never want to have these kind of weekends, but it happens. It will make us enjoy the next good race even more.”
Team boss Eric Boullier shared Grosjean's disappointment and said he was keen to see the reigning GP2 champion produce the goods on track even when faced with adversity.
“With Romain it was a difficult first lap and he had to fight with a damaged car from then on,” he said. “We have all seen him have very good weekends, so we need to ensure that he has solid weekends even when circumstances mean he starts from the back of the grid. As a team we had the same pace as the frontrunners so there is no question about our capacity to score podiums and maybe a win one day.”