Haas Italian GP

Romain Grosjean to start 17th following gearbox penalty

Romain Grosjean will start 17th for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix after changing his gearbox after free practice.

The Haas driver, who qualified a decent 12th place has been given a five place penalty for changing his gearbox out of sequence, with the team deciding to change it after the morning free practice session.

With Grosjean falling down the field, Haas made its way into the final FP3 session for the first time with Esteban Gutierrez starting in 10th place.

The Frenchman said after qualifying, “It was obviously disappointing to go into qualifying knowing I had the five-place grid penalty. We paid the price there that we didn’t have any running time this morning.

“I’m not very happy with qualifying. It’s great for Esteban to be out there in Q3. It’s great for the team.

“For me, I really struggled in qualifying to get the best from the car. With the tire pressures so high, it means you cannot push very hard. It’s a bit of a shame. We’ll see what we can achieve tomorrow in the race, but starting 17th is not ideal.”

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