Grosjean wanted to punch a wall after Lap 1 retirement

Sochi, Russia

Russian Grand Prix – Romain Grosjean says his first lap retirement is hard to take, as Haas appeared competitive at Sochi.

Romain Grosjean was knocked out of the Russian Grand Prix on the very first lap, as a result of a three car clash. Approaching Turn 4 on the outside of Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, the trio reached a clinch point at the apex of the corner and clashed. While Giovinazzi survived the impact in the middle of the three drivers, Daniel Ricciardo picked up damage that would eventually result in his retirement. Romain Grosjean was spun around into the barriers and was eliminated on the spot.

“I didn’t see much.” explained Grosjean. “I was up in the air and then I was in the wall so I haven’t seen any detailed footage. I’m really disappointed. We worked really hard this weekend and we had a good car. There is a huge amount of pressure on us to go to Q3 when we have a one chance that we don’t know if it will come back again or not. Obviously being taken out of the first lap of the race and that’s a bloody shame. [I had] No time to react. I was behind Kevin who is going into the corner and next thing I knew my rear wing was completely destroyed and I was up in the air.”

“I just want to punch walls as we had a rough patch.” Grosjean continued. “We have been working very hard all weekend. For once we had a very competitive car and we were going to go for points today. Obviously, we got ruined by Turn 4.

While Kevin Magnussen managed to salvage Haas’ weekend by scoring a P9 finish, the potential was there for a double points finish for the American team for the first time since the German Grand Prix. With the VF-19 appearing more competitive in Sochi, Grosjean was asked whether there’s the potential for further points finishes between now and the end of the season: “Im afraid not, here we were competitive from the beginning of the weekend. It came as a bit of a surprise but we were happy. Maybe Japan could be good but we are expecting a tough end of the season. I think recent form is showing more than this one off.”

“It’s hard to digest as I felt this was the weekend we could score. To be taken out on the first lap is very hard.”

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