2016 German GP – Race report

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Romain Grosjean started the 67-race from 20th after incurring a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change on Saturday.

He started with the Red supersoft. Pit stops began on lap eight, but the Haas F1 Team drivers stayed on the 4.574-kilometer (2.842-mile), 17-turn circuit for as long as they could before making their first stops, allowing each to gain considerable track position.

Grosjean came in for his first stop at the end of lap 17 after climbing to eighth. He went with a new set of Yellow softs.

The pit cycle dropped each driver in the running order, but by the race’s halfway mark with other teams’ pit strategies playing out, the Haas F1 Team duo was running together, with Grosjean 12th and Gutiérrez 13th.

The team’s final round of pit stops began on lap 43 when Grosjean came in for a switch to Red supersofts.

While both drivers were a lap down after their pit cycles, they remained on the cusp of the top-10, with Grosjean 15th with 16 laps remaining. Each driver made separate, masterful passes to get around the Renault of Kevin Magnussen, with Grosjean overtaking him on lap 55.

The moves, along with Carlos Sainz Jr. bringing his Toro Rosso to pit lane for his final stop, allowed the french driver to climb to 13th, respectively.

Opportunity still beckoned with three laps remaining as 10th-place Fernando Alonso began to fade after pushing his McLaren’s tires to their limit. Force India’s Sergio Perez picked him off for 10th and as Alonso continued to back up. Time ran out before Grosjean could catch Alonso, preventing him from picking up an additional spot before the checkered flag fell.

Interview

“It wasn’t too bad.” Romain Grosjean said. “I think we had a good pace, but the middle stint behind the Renault saw my brakes massively overheat, and I lost them completely for a few laps. That clearly put us on the back foot. I couldn’t get by, and that cost us having a shot at points. We need to understand that, but generally the car behaved in the race. I’m happier this afternoon than I was yesterday. Overall, it’s been an awesome first half of the season. I want us to be able to come back and score regularly in the top-10. There are a few things we need to unlock. We’ve got the potential in the car. We just need to put it all together.”

Recap

Laps completed: 66/67

Started 20th, Finished 13th

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