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F1 Singapore GP: ‘Worst Friday imaginable’ puts Grosjean in a spin

Haas' Romain Grosjean bemoans his 'worst Friday imaginable' as technical issues and a crash leaves him on the back foot in Singapore.
Romain Grosjean has described his start to the Singapore Grand Prix as the 'worst Friday you could imagine' as technical issues hindered his efforts in FP1 before a crash ruled him out of FP2.

Beginning his day with an engine inlet air leak on the Haas VF-16, Grosjean would spend the entirety of FP1 inside the box before then struggling to find a comfortable set-up in FP2 as he battled to make up time.

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However, Grosjean's day would end prematurely when he spun at the quick final turn and rear-ended the barrier, shearing off most of the rear-wing. Though he made it back to the pit-lane, he would end the day having completed just four timed laps, much to his frustration.

“It was the worst Friday you could imagine for us. I didn't get a lap in this morning, and then we had some issues this afternoon that we need to solve. There was just no performance. It's a very bad way to start one of the most difficult grand prix of the year.”

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Reflecting on the specific balance issues with the car, Grosjean says he didn't get enough track time to determine whether it was down to a raft of updates introduced to the car this weekend.

“We had some issues on the brakes, some stability problems and eventually spin the car and touched the rear wing and the suspension was touched as well so we had to retire. Very tricky because I couldn't do the back-to-back with the new parts. I don't know what has changed on the car but it definitely wasn't suiting me well today.”

“I think we've got some doubts on some of the updates and what we should do. The guys are working now on the data, depending on how they come, I may decide to revert back on some stuff to try tomorrow.”

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