Despite a daring strategy and aggressive driving, the Haas rider had to settle for sixteenth place in the British Grand Prix on Sunday. When you don’t have the car to fight in front, you have to find other ways to grab some points. Without being able to rely on a Haas which has not technically evolved since March, Romain Grosjean and its engineers therefore fight with other weapons. read also The race film
Strategy first. After having already tried a blow by changing tires at the end of the formation lap of the Hungarian GP, they put the cover back yesterday at Silverstone by snubbing the two interventions of the safety car (consequence of the crashes of Magnussen, on the other Haas, and Alpha Tauri from Kvyat) at the start of the race to stay on track as long as possible. Romain Grosjean “With the car we have, we are forced to make strategic choices that are a little different from the others” On the 15th lap, taking advantage of the passage through the pits of all the other drivers to change tires, the Frenchman thus pointed in fifth position behind the two Mercedes, Verstappen and Leclerc! “With the car we have, we have to make strategic choices that are a little different from others, he explained on arrival at the microphone of Canal +. If we come back to the stand like everyone else, we end up where we are, namely 13th, 14th or 15th, I don’t know. “ When the race started again, Grosjean tried everything to keep the McLarens and Renault behind his modest Haas. Even if it means zigzagging a bit to resist the attacks of his rivals, Sainz and Ricciardo, which earned him a black and white flag during the race and then a warning from the marshals, who heard him after the race without taking action. read also Hamilton wins … on three wheels “There is no rule against moving in the braking zone and Max Verstappen has done this in the past so I was like ‘why not me?’ the Frenchman justified. It’s not every day that we find ourselves in sixth or seventh position so I had to do everything to resist. Maybe it was a bit on the borderline, I agree, but it wasn’t dangerous as I left enough room for a car to pass. I have no regrets. “
Made those yellow tyres last longggg….
Enjoy the different strategy and fighting in the top 5 for a bit today. Small issue at the pit stop to engage 1st gear cost us a shot at a point but I’m happy and proud of my guys. We really got the maximum of the VF20# r8g # f1 #BritishGP pic.twitter.com/54eckTREmY
– Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) August 2, 2020 i?>
It was only at the end of lap 36 that the Haas rider passed through the pits to change tires in agony. And that’s where his race took a turn for the worse. “I had trouble resetting first gear and I lost six or seven seconds”, says the Frenchman, who emerges in penultimate position. “Without that, I think we could have fought with Vettel’s Ferrari for tenth place. It hurt my morale, I’m sick of it because I think today (Sunday) I drove as well as in 2013, when I was on the podium and fighting to win races. And there, at the end, we are nowhere. “