Romain Grosjean chalked up his second DNS – ‘did not start’ – of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Brazil on Sunday after crashing out during his sighter lap before the race.
Grosjean joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ new F1 operation, Haas F1 Team, at the start of the year, and has scored all 29 of its points thorugh 2016.
The Frenchman had been due to start seventh on Sunday in Brazil, matching his best grid slot of the year after an impressive run in qualifying at Interlagos.
However, with heavy rain hitting the track in the lead-up to the start, Grosjean got caught out by the conditions on the run to the grid.
Applying power coming up the hill in the final sector, Grosjean spun before sliding into the wall at speed, sustaining damage to the left-rear of his car that meant he was not able to make the start.
“I’m sorry for the fans, the Haas, the team, for everyone. We went from hero to zero in less than 24 hours. I wasn’t even flat out. The car just spun. It’s just bad luck,” Grosjean told NBCSN’s Will Buxton afterwards.
He also called out Pirelli’s extreme wet weather tires, only moments before Kimi Raikkonen’s lurid spin and crash across the front straight that has put the race under red flag.
“It shows the extreme are terrible tires and the inters are faster even though you have to take huge risk,” Grosjean said.