Grosjean: Reaching Q3 still ‘optimistic’ for Haas

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Romain Grosjean believes that reaching the final stage of qualifying remains an “optimistic” goal for Haas after missing out on the top 10 at Silverstone on Saturday.

Haas has qualified inside the top 10 just once so far in its debut Formula 1 season. Grosjean qualified ninth in Bahrain, but did not reach Q3 given the session ran under the elimination qualifying rules used at the beginning of the year when only the top eight made it through.

Grosjean qualified 13th for the British Grand Prix ahead of teammate Esteban Gutierrez, but was satisfied with the result.

“I think the top-10 for us is sometimes a bit optimistic in qualifying,” Grosjean said.

“We’re always better in the race. In qualifying, we’re still missing a few things that we can improve, but it takes a bit of time.

“We had added a bit of front flap. It was maybe a bit too much. The conditions out there were also tricky today. The wind picked up a little bit at the end. It caused me a big snap into Turn 15. The wind can really change the balance of the car here, depending on the direction.

“If we hadn’t had that, then we could’ve been closer to moving into Q3. 13th for tomorrow is not the worst place to start the race. If our long-run pace is good, that should help us.”

Gutierrez also took heart from his qualifying run, believing that he can have a good race from P14 on the grid.

“Q1 was pretty good. I struggled a little in the beginning with the tires, but then things started to get underway,” Gutierrez explained.

“In Q2, I had traffic in the first stint, which wasn’t ideal. During the second stint, the wind picked up and it became a little gusty out there, which didn’t allow us to extract the maximum from the car.

“However, we were pushing all the way, getting everything out of it that we could. We’re optimistic.

“We’ve done a good job as a team, so I’m confident that tomorrow will be a great race.”

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and the NBC Sports app from 7:30am ET on Sunday.