Romain Grosjean says he's delighted to deliver a top ten finish on his team's home debut at the United States Grand Prix as Haas records his first points finish in nine races.
On his 100th F1 Grand Prix start, the French driver had been running a solid 12th position and after keeping clear of a late race charge from Renault's Kevin Magnussen the Haas driver profited from Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen retiring ahead of him to clinch a promoted 10th place and with it a first F1 championship point since the Austrian Grand Prix in June.
“It didn't go too badly today,” Grosjean said. “It was a bit of a messy first lap, but I managed to get through everything. Then we went with an aggressive strategy trying to go for it. That worked out pretty well, so I'm happy with that."
United States Grand Prix - Race results
“We were lucky that a few cars retired in front of us but, in the end, we needed to finish the race. It's great to score a point in front of our home crowd. I'm very pleased with that and for the guys, as well. It's been a long time since we scored. It's obviously a great thing to be able to score points at the end of the season.”
Despite Grosjean's joy of first points in nine races, Haas has continued to suffer from persistent brake trouble as Esteban Gutierrez's race was ended after 16 laps with sudden brake failure.
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