From the drop of the green flag, grip was at a premium throughout the Canadian Grand Prix, as the air temperature was a consistent and cool 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit). Romain Grosjean started the race on the Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire with the intent to go 19 laps before pitting for a new set of Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tires that would take them to the finish. But after judging lap times and tire wear as the race came upon lap 10, it became clear a two-stop strategy was necessary.
The french driver was in on lap 17. He hung right outside the top-10 until his second round of pit stops. Grosjean opened the second round, pitting on lap 39 for a used set of Purple ultrasofts. After all of the pit stops had cycled through, Romain was 13th.
The number 8, however, had to pit one final time on lap 46 due to a broken front wing, which finally succumbed to damage sustained on the opening lap. With a new nose and another set of used ultrasofts, Grosjean returned to the race as 14th. Twenty-four laps later, the checkered flag dropped, with Romain in the same spot: 14th.
«We’re not far from the points.» Romain Grosjean says. «I was up to P11 or so, trying to fight hard and doing everything I could, and then the front wing went. That third pit stop definitely cost us everything we had been working for. We need to look more deeply into that issue to get it sorted. There are plenty of other areas where we can improve but, generally, the more we do, the more we understand the car and the better things get. Flying to Canada and not scoring any points is difficult. I’m sure the next race will be another step, and if we learn more, the better we’ll get.»
Laps completed: 68/70
Started 14th, Finished 14th