Q2 exit continues “bloody frustrating” Chinese GP weekend for Grosjean

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Romain Grosjean made no secret of his frustration after being eliminated in the second stage of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday thanks to a late red flag.

Grosjean came close to scoring the new Haas Formula 1 Team’s first Q3 berth in Bahrain, and had hoped to qualify inside the top 10 in Shanghai on Saturday.

However, a red flag caused by a loose wheel on Nico Hulkenberg’s car meant that none of the drivers could improve late on in Q2, with the session being called early.

As a result, Grosjean was left down in P14, continuing what has been a difficult weekend for the Frenchman thus far.

“It’s bloody frustrating!” Grosjean told NBCSN after qualifying.

“Almost unfair, you want to go for your lap and there’s a red flag and you know there’s not enough time to restart the new thing.

“All weekend has not been going our way so far. FP1, no running because of red flags. FP2, one car. FP3, wet. It’s been tricky to find the right setup.

“Hopefully tomorrow in the race we are better and we can have a good race from there.”

Grosjean has been struggling with the tire pressures on his Haas VF-16 car in China, and said that he was still finding it difficult to drive.

“It’s still gonna stay the same. I was a bit frustrated yesterday,” Grosjean said.

“It’s still hard to drive the car, it’s like they are on ice. It’s not what you want from a Formula 1 car.

“I’ll do my best. It’s up to me, so I’ll try.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on Sunday.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.