The Haas Formula One squad had another tough race weekend with drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing 15th and 20th, respectively.
The penultimate round of the 2017 F1 World Championship came undone for the American squad on lap 1 when in turn three Magnussen made contact with the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, sending both cars out of the race.
Then a few moments later in turn six, Grosjean spun off the track as he attempted to defend his position from the Force India of Esteban Ocon.
Grosjean was able to continue, albeit last among the 17 drivers still running, with Ocon joining Vandoorne and Magnussen on the sidelines.
When Brendon Hartley retired his Toro Rosso after 40 laps, Grosjean inherited 16th place, and when Lance Stroll was forced to pit his Williams on lap 67 of the 71-lap race for a new set of tires, Grosjean picked up 15th.
He was also given a penalty for causing a collision with Ocon, something he was far from happy about….
“The only thing I can say about the opening lap is that I got massively hit in turn one,” Grosjean said. “I believe I had a puncture on the rear left. I got to turn six and lost the car, and I think it was just the puncture.”
“Getting a penalty on top of that – I’m not super happy with it. I want to see the footage. The positive from the race is that the last stint on the supersoft, the car felt amazing. Even though we had massive floor damage, it felt really good. We now need to understand why it felt so good and move on to Abu Dhabi.”