Romain Grosjean is in his fourth year with the Haas F1 Team.
The Haas F1 Team is returning to what it calls its “launch spec” aerodynamic package for Romain Grosjean this weekend at Silvestone as the team continues to try to better understand its 2019 car.
Grosjean understands the car just fine. He says it is simply not good enough. The disappointing season continued on Friday with Grosjean hitting the wall on pit exit in practice 1. The driver enters this weekend’s race a career-worst 17in the standings with just two points from the first nine races, but Grosjean maintains he is driving his best.
“It’s a very frustrating sport in a way that; if you don’t have the car, there’s not much you can do,” said Grosjean. “The season hasn’t been the one we were expecting. After last year, we had high expectations, and we started well in Australia; obviously, we had the pit stop issue. And then in Bahrain, (Lance) Stroll ran in to me.
Romain Grosjean tries his hand at cricket this week at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
“Just things went on, and the car was not fast in the race. The car has been difficult in qualifying and slow in the race.
“In terms of qualifying pace, I think I can do better. I haven’t got the hang of the new tire. Race pace, I don’t think I can do much better. My race pace is very good compared to my teammate, and, unfortunately, a really good race pace means that, at the moment, we are 16th.”
As the struggles continue for Haas, the team is hoping a complete reset will improve its prospects by reverting to the launch spec version of the car.
“On my car, we’re reverting back to the launch spec package to the race one configuration,” Grosjean said. “We’re going to compare to see if we’ve done anything wrong anywhere.
“There’s no expectation (this weekend); we’re just going to go out there and see how the car performs. Either way it goes, it’s important for us to get the answer. I think, for sure, it was a hard call to make. There’s a lot of barriers for doing this, but I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve never felt comfortable in the new package, so I’m looking forward to being back in the old one.
“For the team, we just need to understand what’s happening and where the performance has gone.”
The result from practice doesn’t clear anything up for the team. Grosjean, who spun on pit exit, destroyed a front wing. Grosjean, driving the team’s fully updated car, finished the session second slowest, only two-tenths slower than teammate Kevin Magnussen.
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