Romain Grosjean disappointed following another first-corner collision in the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend. Following Spa collision the French received a race penalty, just one grand prix after returning from ban. Grosjean try to hard clearly focusing on race start for upcoming races.
Q: Firstly, what went wrong in Suzuka?
Romain Grosjean: Since Singapore, I’ve been trying to be really cautious at the starts and it’s been all the more frustrating to be involved in an incident in Japan. When approaching the first corner, I was watching Sergio [Perez] on my left to make sure there was no contact with him. I didn’t expect such a big speed difference between me and Mark [Webber] braking into the corner, we collided and that was it. It was a stupid mistake. Mark [Webber] came to see me after the race and was obviously not happy, but I apologised and we have to move on. I’ve sat down and looked at things again with the team; for sure it’s still an area we need to improve. We’re clearly focusing on this area for the next races.
Q: You retired from the race not far from the end – was there an issue?
RG: We tried running a long final stint but my tyre performance dropped off significantly. We were a long way out of the points and making another stop so late in the race wouldn’t have made sense from a tactical or safety standpoint so retiring was the only sensible option.
Q: What were the positives from the weekend?
RG: Qualifying was certainly a highlight, and the way we all worked together as a team to dial in the set-up of the car which was not where we wanted it at the start of the weekend. In qualifying we were easily through to Q3 and the car even had the pace to be further up the grid. I took the most satisfaction from how well me and my engineers worked through the weekend to extract more performance from the car.
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