Grosjean’s ‘weird’ Singapore weekend continues with qualifying crash

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Romain Grosjean’s difficult Singapore Grand Prix weekend continued on Saturday when he crashed out during the second stage of qualifying at Marina Bay.

The Haas Formula 1 Team arrived in Singapore hopeful of scoring its first points since the Austrian Grand Prix after applying a raft of upgrades to the VF-16 car.

Grosjean struggled throughout practice, calling yesterday’s running “the worst Friday you could imagine” after completing just 14 laps.

The Frenchman made it through to Q2 on Saturday, only to crash out while on his final lap, finishing 15th overall.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Grosjean told NBCSN after the session.

“Yesterday we had issues. Spun yesterday and crashed, and again just now. There’s something weird in the car.

“Only so much you can do when you’re at 60 per cent of the car. Weird all weekend long.”

Grosjean will start behind Haas teammate Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican qualifying 14th on Saturday. However, he felt that a top-10 berth was within reach had his final run not been scratched due to yellow flags for Grosjean’s crash.

“Qualifying was very frustrating. It was a missed opportunity,” Gutierrez said.

“I was preparing myself for that lap and I believe I would’ve had the opportunity to fight for Q3 if I could’ve completed it.

“We were really unlucky today. However, I’ll take the feeling I experienced during the first part of the lap into tomorrow for the race.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.