SILVERSTONE, U.K.– Haas chauffeur Romain Grosjean played down his unusual pit-lane crash at the start of the opening session for the British Grand Prix.
Haas has actually attempted something various with Grosjean’s automobile today, taking the uncommon action of reverting back to the spec it performed at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix for the Frenchman. Grosjean has actually felt unpleasant with the automobile given that it presented a significant updated at the Spanish Grand Prix, the 5th race of the year.
However, his hopes of drawing out the capacity of that brand-new automobile suffered a blow in the opening minutes of the session as he lost control on exit from the pit-lane– he was and spun pitched into a wall. That ripped the front wing off the automobile and required him to gradually drive back around the circuit so he might return to the pit-lane.
When he returned to the circuit after 40 minutes of repair work, he spun on his very first flying lap with the brand-new spec on a day which saw many chauffeurs– consisting of five-time world champ Lewis Hamilton– battle to keep their automobiles on the newly-resurfaced Silverstone tarmac.
Grosjean rejected the seriousness of the event on Friday night.
“[I had] Cold tires, and when I eliminated the pitlane limiter, the automobile spun,” he stated. “It was a little bit of an uncomfortable minute, let’s state!
” It’s life. We chuckled about it, I believe that’s what you must do. It didn’t frustrate us excessive for the rest of the day.”
On the spin at Brooklands, he stated: “Turn 6 was a bit rough and filthy and simply challenging. New tarmac constantly brings some various and brand-new kind of grip, it improved in the afternoon however it was certainly a location where it was a bit difficult.
“It was my first lap and I didn’t really know what to expect. The grip was outstanding in Turn 3 and 4 and I was expecting the same in Turn 6 and it wasn’t.”
Despite his interfered with begin the Frenchman states the early indications from the brand-new set-up have actually been great.
” The sensation is great in the automobile– far better than it was just recently, which is fantastic. I believe the efficiency is not there [yet], which we can anticipate, particularly with the wind, the wind is a huge consider our entire plan.
” The sensation is actually great so we require to evaluate whatever we can to guarantee we can really move that sensation into the brand-new plan and after that into efficiency.”
Grosjean took pleasure in a less significant FP2 however completed down in 18 th, while colleague Kevin Magnussen– who is running the up-to- date spec of the automobile– was 12 th.