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F1 Russian GP: Grosjean admits ‘question marks’ over Haas pace

Romain Grosjean admits there are 'question marks' over how to get the best from the Haas VF-16 around certain circuits after a tough start to the Russian GP
Romain Grosjean says getting the tyres to work on his Haas car appears key to unlocking the potential from the VF-16 as he endured a trying day in free practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Following two sensational races in Australia and Bahrain, Haas suffered a tough Chinese Grand Prix as it struggled with tyres and set-up, an issue that has continued to make its presence felt around the Sochi Autodrom.

Indeed, though Grosjean says lessons were learned after Shanghai, the Frenchman – 17th quickest after FP1 – he feels there are still plenty of question marks to understand before Haas can make a step forward again.

“I think we have to make the circuit suit us. It is a very different one from China and I was expecting a bit more from the car today. I think we are struggling a little bit with a few issues that we may have started to have in China – getting the tyres to work properly.

“That is the only big difference that we can see from the first two races. Hopefully things get better for tomorrow: we get the right answer and the guys will work hard to evaluate what we can do.

“We need to analyse the problems. Since Friday in China I am not happy with my car, it was the case again today. We need to understand what could possibly go wrong and hopefully change it. I think there is a lot of work in progress, a lot of question marks. A lot of data. It is hard to trust everything but by tomorrow I think we find some good solutions.”
by Ollie Barstow



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29.04.2016 - Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
29.04.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
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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 - 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
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
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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