It has been a mixed season for Romain Grosjean, impressing at the start of the year with the young Haas team, before tailing off in the middle of the season. A seventh place start at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend shows still what is possible in the new car.
There were still challenges though, with the team moving to Carbon Industry baking material this weekend from Brembo, the car had been locking up through free practice and qualifying, but a single run in Q3 was good enough for a surprising seventh place, competitive against Force India and Williams.
Talking after qualifying, Grosjean said: “It’s good to be back in Q3, especially after the last two races where we were out in Q1 and really struggling.
“Here we’ve been trying some new brakes, focusing on making them work as well as we could. The feeling was good right from the beginning and the cooler track conditions today really helped us a lot.
“There are still plenty of margins to improve for the future. We’re always learning more about what we need to do, but we really weren’t expecting to be in Q3 today.
“Generally though, when we do get things working well together, we’re quite fast, which is encouraging.”