Grosjean: P11 in Baku qualifying the best Haas could hope for

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Romain Grosjean felt pleased with his display in qualifying for the European Grand Prix on Saturday despite narrowly missing out on a place in Q3.

Grosjean arrived in Baku hopeful of ending Haas Formula 1 Team’s three-race run of races without points, having last graced the top 10 in Russia at the beginning of May.

Q2 saw Grosjean finish less than one-tenth of a second behind Felipe Massa in P10, eliminating him before the final leg of qualifying in Baku.

Despite not reaching the top 10, Grosjean said that he felt it was all Haas could realistically achieve on Saturday.

“Pretty good result at the end of the day. It was the best we could’ve hoped for,” Grosjean said.

“Being just outside the top-10 is actually quite good for our strategy and the tires tomorrow. I struggled with the grip and the braking in Q1. I was blocked a couple of times and I was a bit worried. The second run I needed a clean lap and we did that.

“The car felt great in Q2 and I managed to get some good grip from the tires, which helped a lot. We still have to investigate our brakes a bit to make sure the car is performing better.

“Generally, it was a good performance from the team. All weekend long it’s been working well, so I’m happy with that.”

Teammate Esteban Gutierrez qualified 15th after making a mistake on his final Q2 run, much to his disappointment.

“Today hasn’t been a good day for me,” Gutierrez admitted.

“I’ve been struggling a bit with the brakes. On the last lap I took a few risks and I made a small mistake. Unfortunately, I didn’t have another chance after that.

“Overall, I think sometimes you have to take risks and these things happen. In racing you have to try to make the most of every opportunity and, occasionally, it comes out like this.

“Looking ahead to tomorrow, we will try to advance as much as we can and get the best out of our performance. The track will allow for some overtaking so it will be a great race to watch.”

The European Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Sunday.