Grosjean: I don’t think there was much I could do

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean’s woeful spate of bad form continued during the Spanish Grand Prix as he triggered a multi-car pile-up on the opening lap of the race in Barcelona, which eliminated himself, Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) on the spot.

On the opening lap, Grosjean went wide through the Turn 2 complex as the field scrapped for position, the Haas lost its rear as instinctively the Frenchman kept his foot down as his car spun across the track into oncoming traffic, his tyres creating a cloud of smoke blinding those behind as his Haas collected the Toro Rosso and Renault in the process.

After visiting the Medical Centre, Grosjean told reporters, “I lost the rear end of the car and I tried to put it back as long as I could but it just didn’t work. I don’t think there was much I could do. If I had braked, the car would have slid the same way.”

“I tried to stay on the throttle to spin it to try not and face other people. It didn’t work but I don’t think there was anything different.”

As for keeping his foot down and creating the dangerous tyre smoke, he said, “It’s a human reflex if you look at Rosberg in 2016 and Schumacher in 2010. If I had braked I would have stayed in the middle [of the track] and it would have been the same thing.”

“Unfortunately, once the car started going forwards again onto the track, it was very difficult,” explained Grosjean whose teammate Kevin Magnussen salvaged the day for the American team with a solid sixth place.

Big Question: Is Romain becoming a liability for Haas?