Grosjean seeks answers from Haas after tough Spanish GP

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Romain Grosjean was left seeking answers from his Haas team after enduring a difficult Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Grosjean started 14th in Barcelona and made the most of a frenetic start to battle his way into the top 10 early on.

However, the Frenchman slowly dropped back after a front-wing failure before ultimately retiring with 10 laps to go due to a brake issue.

Both Grosjean and teammate Esteban Gutierrez struggled all weekend long with the setup on their car, leaving the Frenchman downbeat and in need of an explanation after the race.

“I had a very good start, a very good first lap,” Grosjean said.

“I managed to get into the top 10 and was fighting there. Then my front wing decided to go, for some reason.

“We came back to the pits, fitted a new nose, got some tires, but then the brakes went. The car wasn’t having a good day.

“We really need to find out what’s going on because we reverted back on most of the setup, and we’re still very much struggling with the balance.

“Testing this week is going to be very important for us.”

Teammate Esteban Gutierrez enjoyed his best race of the season in spite of the team’s problems, finishing 11th.

“It was a very tricky weekend for us, which started with a few problems in FP2 on Friday,” Gutierrez said.

“However, the team did a great job in recovering. In the race, I was doing my best from the beginning to the end.

“I think we could have done a bit better with the tires – maybe taken a bit of a longer stint with the softs as toward the end of the race I just ran out of tires. However, it was really enjoyable out there and I had some great battles throughout.

“Today wasn’t straightforward for us to finish in the points, but we’re finding more consistency in the car, which will give us more opportunity to go forward.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.