Romain Grosjean has been one of the most patient drivers on the grid in 2014, dealing with the troublesome Lotus E22 car whilst taking up the role of team leader following the exit of Kimi Raikkonen at the end of last season.
However, it seems that the Frenchman has reached his final straw after an outburst over the pit radio to his engineer following another problem with his Renault engine during qualifying for today’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Grosjean qualified down in 16th position for Lotus, propping up the timesheets in Q2 and finishing almost one second off the cut-off point for the top ten.
Here is his full radio transcript following the end of Q2 in Singapore:
Grosjean: “I cannot believe it! Bloody engine! Bloody engine!”
Engineer: “Understood, Romain. Very sorry about that. It’s the same issue as we had in FP3.”
Grosjean: “I don’t care, I don’t care. It’s too much.”
Engineer: “Yes of course, of course.”
Grosjean: “Honestly. We break our balls to make a good qualifying and you lose five-tenths every single straight line because the thing cuts. Honestly it’s hard for all of us.”
Engineer: “Absolutely is. I totally agree.”
Speaking to the media after the session, Grosjean was a bit more restrained, but still made his disappointment very clear.
“We could have gotten up to P13 in qualifying today, the car was looking good and the team has been working very hard all weekend,” he said.
“I’m happy as I can be with the E22 so it’s frustrating to have had an issue on the power side, which cost me a lot of time. Everything can happen in the race so we will have to go for it.”
Grosjean’s struggles have been just part of a difficult weekend for Lotus in Singapore. Pastor Maldonado saw his FP2 session end early on Friday when he crashed out, and despite a new chassis, he could only qualify 18th today.
You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow morning.