Romain Grosjean made no secret of his frustration after a difficult Friday of Formula 1 practice running in Mexico that saw him complete just three laps for Haas.
Grosjean was forced to sit out FP1 so that Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi could enter the session as part of his development program, and then suffered a left-rear tire blowout in FP2 that caused damage to his car, ending his session after just three laps.
“The car was very on the nose on the lap I did. I really struggled with the rear end. Initially, I didn’t know what was happening – if we had too much aero balance or just didn’t get the setup right,” Grosjean said.
“I had that spin that I wasn’t expecting, and then I saw the tire flying apart. I don’t know which came first, the eggs or the chicken, but it felt pretty strange on that lap.”
The setbacks have left Grosjean in need of a productive final practice on Saturday morning, with just one hour of running left before qualifying.
“We need to get some laps tomorrow, but we’re never going to get a long run. Clearly you shoot yourself in the foot when you’ve got a Friday when you don’t drive in FP1 and FP2,” Grosjean said.
“Again, we’ll try to do our best for tomorrow. I believe we’ve got two sets of ultra-softs to prepare for qualifying in FP3. From there, we’re just going to guess what we need for the race.”
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”