Romain Grosjean started 11th in the 70-lap race around the 4.381-kilometer (2.722-mile), 14-turn circuit. He selected the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tire for the start, with strategy dictating two subsequent pit stops, for brand new sets of Yellow soft tires.
Grosjean slipping into the pits at the end of lap 14, followed by Gutiérrez a lap later.
The second and final round of pit stops saw Grosjean come in for service on lap 37.
Grosjean, meanwhile, struggled with his car’s balance for much of the race. Nonetheless, he managed to hold the Renault of Kevin Magnussen at bay in the closing stages to claim 14th.
“It was just a bad afternoon.” Romain Grosjean said. “Nothing really worked. Our strategy didn’t work, the car didn’t work. I was trying to find a balance, but I just couldn’t get it. I’m sure there’s a lot to learn from the afternoon, but it’s a disappointing outcome. I was expecting us to be in better shape. I was expecting to be able to score points after yesterday’s qualifying session.”
Laps completed: 69/70
Started 11th, Finished 14th