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F1 Australian GP: Grosjean: I am on a good lap… and suddenly I’m out

Romain Grosjean hails Haas' qualifying pace but is left frustrated that the qualifying format prevented him from truly showing it.
Romain Grosjean believes Haas could have been looking at a far better starting position for its much anticipated F1 debut after both he and Esteban Gutierrez were caught out by the new elimination qualifying system.

Grosjean and his team-mate were on track looking to improve their positions during Q1, only for the 90secs interval clock to tick down whilst they were doing faster laps that they believe would have seen them ascend the order. However, the new rules state the driver is out immediately, not when they lap they are on is over.

Leaving the pair 19th and 20th for Haas' F1 debut, though Grosjean was pleased with the competitive pace, he was frustrated not to have the chance to show it.

“I was on a good lap and then suddenly I'm out. I don't even get a chance to go to the end of the lap. That's annoying because the car was good, our baseline is good, and in terms of performance, we were clearly able to go through.

“We just missed a bit of speed on the turnaround in the garage, so we were massively out of position. This is one of those races where it's tricky and you need to finish.

“That's our first call for tomorrow though. That's what Gene (Haas, chairman) wants. From there, everything is possible. It's a long race and we have new rules with the radio ban, so we just have to try to use the experience.”
by Ollie Barstow



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18.03.2016 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
18.03.2016 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
18.03.2016 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Manor Racing goup photo, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing MRT05, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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