Grosjean: The start of the day was a bit embarrassing

Haas driver Romain Grosjean made light of an embarrassing pitlane spin at the British Grand Prix on Friday, saying he and the American-owned team had laughed it off.

The Frenchman smashed his car’s rear wing when he lost control and spun backwards into the barriers while exiting the pits in the day’s first practice session, leaving debris on track.

“The start of the day was a bit embarrassing. I turned the pit-limiter button off, the tires were a bit cold and grip was low, next thing I knew I was backwards. It didn’t feel so good. After that though we got back on track and ran our program.

“It was a bit of an awkward moment, let’s say. We laughed about it, I think that’s what you should do,” explained Grosjean who also spun out later in the session in the tricky conditions.

The Frenchman, veteran of 152 F1 starts, added, “I had a bit of an issue with a hydraulic line in the afternoon, we missed around half an hour of the session, but we’re getting some good data. This is definitely a package I enjoy driving more, but the performance is not there yet, which is something you would expect.

“There’s been a lot of development through the car, and when you revert back to an early spec it’s tricky. There’s definitely a better feeling in it, we’re just looking to develop it now, understand it, and move forward.”

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