February 25, 2018

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Romain Grosjean says he is still struggling to get a grip with the 2017 Haas Formula 1 entry at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Grosjean, who qualified in 16th Saturday, has been a regular feature on the team radio this season. At each and every race, you will hear him complain about either the balance of the car or that his brakes are overheating.

“It was almost there, but not quite enough,” said Grosjean. “We struggled. We missed FP2 yesterday and that put us a bit on the back foot. I have been struggling with the feeling in the car — front end, no front end. It doesn’t allow you to extract the last few tenths from the car, but anyway, we will see tomorrow what we can do.

“It has been eight or nine races that I have been struggling with front end, so on a high-speed track I can make the difference, but on a low-speed circuit like here, I just don’t get the car to turn as I would like. You can always adapt and I have been trying, but getting the last three, four tenths out of it is difficult when you are not 100% confident.”

Now coming to the end of their second Formula 1 season, Grosjean must be running out of patience with the U.S. team as it continues to suffer the same problems that it has had since its debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2016.

Teammate Kevin Magnussen qualified slightly ahead of Grosjean, able to produce a lap good enough for 14th. The team does have something to race for Sunday. Only six points separate Haas and two other teams from sixth in the constructor points, with each spot worth millions of dollars in prize money at the end of the season.

“We don’t give up yet, because we’re normally better in the race than in qualifying,” team principal Guenther Steiner said. “Starting 14th and 16th — it’s not impossible to end up in the points, so let’s see what the day brings tomorrow.”





By Sam Hall


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