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


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.