Haas drivers frustrated by Japan performance

Published on 09 Oct 2016 14:33

Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean were left frustrated after a difficult Japanese Grand Prix saw them fail to score.

Both drivers started in the top 10, after Haas got both drivers into the final part of qualifying, but a tyre mix up for Grosjean, and contact for Gutierrez ended the American team's chances of a good result.

"We struggled on the first stint with a green track, and with the soft tires, we had a lot of graining. But then the car was flying. It was really good. I had some good overtakes," said Grosjean. "I don’t think I’ve ever been as frustrated as today at the end of a race. I thought we deserved much more."

"With the pace of the car, I was much faster than the Williams’. We just got the life on the hard tires wrong," he continued. "We could have pitted earlier for the last stint, but overall the pace was amazing. It shows a lot of promise for the future. I’m optimistic about these updates and the pace we had in the car."

"Everything started pretty good," added team mate Gutierrez. "We’ve been working a lot on getting the best out of our start and today that proved to be better."

"On the first stint, things were going well. We were managing the gap, pushing to get higher up to the front of the grid. I then came into the pits and I ended back out behind a lot of traffic, and that was it," he said. "I was trying to push forward, trying to overtake, and then I had an incident with Carlos (Sainz Jr.). He braked a bit early, closing the door, and I had nowhere to go as I was preparing the corner to overtake him on the straight. After that, I had some damage on the front wing which wasn’t ideal. Unfortunately, this is how the race went."

09 October 2016 - Grand Prix of Japan - Race
  Driver Team Difference #
1. DE Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h30 53
2. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 4.978 53
3. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 5.776 53
4. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 20.269 53
5. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 28.370 53
6. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 33.941 53
7. MX Sergio Perez Force India + 57.495 53
8. DE Nico Hülkenberg Force India + 59.177 53
9. BR Felipe Massa Williams + 97.763 53
10. FI Valtteri Bottas Williams + 98.323 53
11. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 + 99.254 53
12. GB Jolyon Palmer Renault 52
13. RU Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 52
14. DK Kevin Magnussen Renault 52
15. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 52
16. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 52
17. ES Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 52
18. GB Jenson Button McLaren 52
19. BR Felipe Nasr Sauber 52
20. MX Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 52
21. FR Esteban Ocon Manor F1 52
22. DE Pascal Wehrlein Manor F1 52
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