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Grosjean fails to start in Singapore as brake issue ends miserable weekend early

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Romain Grosjean’s miserable Singapore Grand Prix weekend came to an early end after a brake issue prevented the Frenchman from starting the race.

Grosjean was forced to sit out FP1 on Friday thanks an engine issue, leaving him to complete just 14 laps throughout the day.

Matters went from bad to worse on Saturday when Grosjean crashed out of qualifying, damaging his Haas car and requiring a gearbox change.

Haas was handed a penalty for making the change, dropping Grosjean from 15th to 20th on the grid, only for the team to move its driver to the pit lane for the start.

However, Grosjean did not even get that far as a brake-by-wire issue left his Haas car unmanned in the pit garage.

TV footage showed Grosjean taking off his helmet while being calmed down by team principal Guenther Steiner when it was confirmed he could not start the race.

The result extends Grosjean’s run without points, dating back to the Austrian Grand Prix at the beginning of July.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.