Grosjean targets first Q3 appearance in Hungary

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Romain Grosjean has set his sights on reaching the final stage of qualifying for the first time in 2016 on Saturday in Hungary.

Grosjean has led the new Haas team’s charge during its debut Formula 1 season, scoring all 28 of its points over the opening 10 races of the year.

Despite finishing inside the top 10 on four occasions, Grosjean is yet to take Haas into Q3, but feels he could do so in Hungary after a solid Friday of practice.

“It was a decent day. The morning went well, the afternoon generally well,” Grosjean said.

“We didn’t get the best from our single-lap pace, but we’re going to work on setup changes tonight to make the car faster.

“I’m hoping that tomorrow, top-10 in qualifying is possible. Our first Q3 appearance would be very nice.

“Overall, I think we’ve had a good day.”

Teammate Esteban Gutierrez is still waiting on his first points of the season, but was pleased with his Friday despite sitting out of FP1 to make way for reserve driver Charles Leclerc.

“It was very straightforward for me this afternoon. I was trying to get the most out of every lap that I had, especially with only one session to prepare for tomorrow,” Gutierrez said.

“I think in general it was very productive. Charles managed to get a few laps together this morning and was able to provide some good feedback so that I could have an idea of what to expect.

“I think we can be happy with today. Obviously, we need to keep working for tomorrow and trying to fine tune everything we have on the car.”