Romain Grosjean has apologised to Daniel Ricciardo over social media for blocking the Red Bull driver during the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi after a difficult day was ended early with an electrical issue for the French driver.

Grosjean accidently moved into Ricciardo’s path at the final turn while the Red Bull driver was on a quick lap, with the Haas driver finishing an out lap at the start of a stint, which prompted an aggressive response over the team radio with a middle finger gesture which was caught on TV.

While Ricciardo laughed off the incident after FP2, Grosjean apologised via Twitter which was brushed off with no further action expected having initially blame his race engineer for not warning him about Ricciardo behind him.

 

 

 

Reflecting on the rest of his Friday practice at the Yas Marina circuit, Grosjean concedes he’s been put on the backfoot after losing almost half of the night FP2 session because of an electrical issue on his Haas which left him bottom of the timesheet.

“The morning was good, the afternoon wasn’t,” Grosjean said. “We struggled to get everything to work when night fell. We then had an electrical issue which stopped our day.

“That clearly wasn’t ideal as FP2 is the only representative session for qualifying and the race. We’re going to put everything we can together to find a solution for tomorrow.”

Haas has a shot at improving its current eighth place in the F1 World Constructors’ Championship at the 2017 season finale with just two points splitting it from Renault in seventh and six points off Toro Rosso in sixth.

 

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