It was a downbeat story from Romain Grosjean on qualifying day for the United States Grand Prix, the first for the all American team which has turned out to be a bit of a nightmare.
The team lost running on Friday with elements of the car falling off, which put them behind on set up heading into qualifying. Openly admitting they were going into qualifying blind on setup, Grosjean couldn’t make it out of the bottom six, with teammate Esteban Gutierrez only doing slightly better to start 16th.
Despite having a good start to the season, the team has been struggling, especially in braking which has frustrated Grosjean. A new front wing is said to have made an improvement, as development heads to 2017 and the new regulations.
Talking after qualifying, Grosjean was downbeat on the weekend, “We’re missing downforce here and paying a heavy price for it. This is a track that needs a lot of downforce and we just don’t have enough. Low speed is very difficult for us. We were struggling here yesterday with some pieces coming off and we didn’t learn much on track. Today is a bit of a summary of yesterday.
“We’ve been on the back foot since the beginning and we just haven’t had the grip. We’re good with the top speed but, unfortunately, the pace of the car overall doesn’t look good for tomorrow.”