Grosjean expecting Haas to bounce back in China

09-04-2019 14:37
by Jake Williams-Smith
Grosjean expecting Haas to bounce back in China

Romain Grosjean believes Haas' struggles in Bahrain will not carry over to the Chinese Grand Prix. The American team was nowhere after a strong showing in Melbourne, with Kevin Magnussen the team's only classified driver albeit a lap down in 13th.

Grosjean pointed to the tyres as being the issue the team had fallen victim to, explaining that they could not get the Pirelli rubber into the correct operating window which cost both cars performance.

Ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Grosjean insisted that the team would not fair the same as it had done in Bahrain and would return to its Australia form.

“Bahrain wasn’t our best showing in terms of race pace,” said Grosjean.

“Unfortunately, that was the feeling I had from the Friday of the weekend. We didn’t quite manage to get on top of it. Saying that, I didn’t do much of the race, so it’s hard to judge if what we had done on my car was good enough.

“I think China’s going to be great. It’s a very different circuit. I think we’ve got some good tools to get ready for China and our testing in Bahrain has been another good opportunity to learn a bit more about what happened in the race there.

“It has to be tyre-usage related because the car is the same as we had in Melbourne and in pre-season testing, where we were fast and we were fast again in qualifying in Bahrain.

“We’ve got the downforce and we’ve got the balance, we just need a little bit more cooperation on the tyres. If we can process the information from testing, we should be fine for the race.”

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