Grosjean: "We battled as hard as we could"

23-09-2019 12:37
by Tom Mason
Grosjean: We battled as hard as we could

Romain Grosjean secured an 11th place finish in Singapore, narrowly finishing outside of the points. This came after qualifying in 17th place in what was a positive weekend for the Frenchman on the whole.

Grosjean was involved in an incident with George Russell of Williams where they had side-by-side contact, which saw the Haas driver drop 18th and requiring a new front wing and a set of soft tyres.

The 33-year-old admitted the team wasn't far away from where they wanted to be as he looked back at the weekend.

“We weren’t far from points. Kevin (Magnussen) was having a great race at the beginning, he was in the top ten when I was struggling more at the back,"Grosjean said.

"We tried a different strategy – staying out very long on the medium tires. We were waiting for the safety car, which then actually came when I had the contact with George (Russell).

“I need to see the footage, but I was as left as I could be at the exit of the corner.

"When there’s no run-off area, there’s nowhere to go, so I touched the wall and we touched there – there was no more room for me to go left.

"We came back in the race towards the end with the other safety car periods. We battled as hard as we could, but we just had too much tire degradation at one point, so the last few laps were a bit emotional.”

Grosjean remains 17th in the current standings on just eight points, ten below his teammate, Kevin Magnussen.

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