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2016 Italian GP – Race report

4 September 2016
Romain Grosjean overcame a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change that turned his 12th-place qualifying effort into a 17th-place starting spot. Despite the setback, Grosjean made the most of his start, rallying to 13th after the first lap. He then passed the Manor of Pascal Wehrlein on lap two to take 12th. From there, Grosjean settled in for a long haul, at least by Formula One standards. He was the last driver to pit, going 28 laps before swapping the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tires he used to start the race for a set of Red supersofts. The French driver then managed those tires for the next 25 laps, with his one-stop strategy allowing him to finish 11th even while holding off the surging McLaren of Jenson Button in the closing laps. Interview “To be fair, I think we were just lacking a little bit of speed in the race to make the points. We tried a very aggressive one-stop strategy. I had a bit of graining on the softs in the first stint through those last few laps. That cost us a few seconds, but I don’t think I could have gotten the 12 seconds needed to get to P10 in the end. That was about the maximum today. We just need to learn what we can do better for the next race. I’m now looking ahead to Singapore. It’s one of the best races of the season.” Recap Laps completed: 52/53 Started 17th, Finished 11th

2016 Italian GP – Interview

31 August 2016
Romain, Ferrari and Dallara are two Italian companies that are technical partners of Haas F1 Team. How has their collective insight helped make Haas F1 Team so competitive in its first year in Formula One? It was vital. The whole idea of creating Haas F1 Team was based on the partnership with Ferrari and Dallara. We worked to have good cars and to perform as early as the first test. To do that, we had to get that partnership to work, which it did. I’m looking forward to being in Italy knowing the strength of those companies in our on-track efforts. Monza is the fastest track Formula One visits. What allows you to reach such high speeds at Monza? It’s the characteristics of the track, primarily a long straight line with a chicane followed by another long straight line. Everyone goes for low downforce levels. That’s where we go fast in a straight line. It’s a great track – a temple of speed. There’s always a great atmosphere around the circuit. I’m very much looking forward to racing there again. Where are the overtaking opportunities at Monza? More or less everywhere. Is overtaking at Monza a bit like a drag race where it’s about who can get on the power the fastest and most effectively? It’s not as straightforward as a drag race. You still lose downforce when you follow another car out of the low-speed corners. It’s one of those races where you can have a lot of overtaking, a lot of action. It’s always interesting to see how it plays out with the big slipstreams. Monza is a track with a lot of history and home to some of Formula One’s most passionate fans. Can you describe the atmosphere there? The atmosphere is crazy in Monza. The Tifosi, the fans – they’re just great. The track is in the middle of a park. It’s like nowhere else. There are so many people coming and watching, cheering for the drivers and, of course, for Ferrari. The atmosphere is electric. I love it. Have you had the opportunity to walk around the old portions of Monza, specifically the oval? If so, what ran through your mind when you saw the banking and realized cars in the late 1950s and early 1960s actually raced wheel-to-wheel on that track? It was crazy! You can barely stand up at the top of the oval. We still go underneath part of it at the Ascari chicane. It was definitely a different time, a different era of safety measures. I’m sure it was good fun, though. Would you have liked to have competed in that era just to see what it was like, or do you prefer to compete with the latest and greatest technology available? I’d compete anytime. I’ve always loved Formula One racing, no matter the era. Do you have any milestones or moments from your junior career that you enjoyed at Monza? My first race in Formula Renault 2.0 in 2004 –

2016 Belgian GP – Race report

28 August 2016
Romain Grosjean got a great jump in the 44-lap race around the 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile), 19-turn circuit. After starting 11th he avoided the chaos of the first turn of the opening lap by diving low through La Source to climb to fifth. He was passed by Force India’s Sergio Perez on lap four but quickly settled into sixth place. When the safety car was deployed on lap six for Kevin Magnussen’s massive shunt at the top of Eau Rouge, Grosjean seized the opportunity to pit, swapping the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tires he started the race for a new set of Yellow softs. Following the pit stops, Grosjean was 10th. But as repair work on the wall where Magnussen hit became more involved, the red flag was displayed, and this circumstance compromised the team’s strategy. The red-flag stoppage allowed the drivers who didn’t pit a free pit stop, as they were able to change tires on pit lane. This was incredibly advantageous for them, as no track position was lost. The positions they gained by staying out prior to the red flag were kept and the positions Grosjean picked up on the racetrack were greatly marginalized. At the race’s halfway mark, Grosjean was 12th. The French driver pitted for a new set of Pirelli P Zero White medium tires on lap 23. With pit stops having cycled through by lap 26, Grosjean was 15th.  With seven laps remaining, Romain Grosjean was running 13th. As the laps wound down, Grosjean was able to cut into Gutiérrez’s advantage, but time ran out and the checkered flag waved, leaving the duo 12th and 13th. Interview “Well, it was a very good start and a very good first lap.” Romain Grosjean said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t have any top speed in the beginning of the race. Something was not going quite right. It took a lot of time to solve that. My last stint wasn’t bad. I made up a lot of time on everyone, but the damage had already been done. We had a shot at a good finish today. On the positive side, I’m much happier with the car than I was recently, so that’s at least great. It’s just a shame we lost an opportunity for a good result.” Recap Laps completed: 44/44 Started 11th, Finished 13th

2016 Belgian GP – Interview

23 August 2016
Romain, Belgium is the home of Haas Automation’s European headquarters. You’ve been to many appearances and interacted with many Haas Automation customers. How have they embraced the team and Gene Haas’ endeavor into Formula One? Every time we do something with Haas Automation it’s been very well organized and we always receive a very warm welcome from all the guests attending. It’s been great to be representing Haas Automation in Formula One. It’s a big name in motorsports and a big name in industry. Whenever we meet their customers, especially when we’re with Gene (Haas), they’re always very happy. It feels like a big family, which is nice to be a part of.  How do you prepare for the unpredictability of the weather at Spa, as one part of the course can be clear and dry while another portion can be wet and slippery? Basically, you don’t. It’s something that’s out of your control. You don’t really worry about it. When it comes to qualifying or race day, yes, you have to make decisions, but it’s never black or white at Spa. Spa has been called a driver’s track. Why? It’s just a great track. There are very high-speed corners and there are a lot of turns, different types, some high speed, some low – just a good variety overall. It gives you a good feeling to drive. Spa has high-speed straights and corners combined with a tight and twisting section, especially between turns eight and 15. How do you set up your car to tackle all the different aspects of the track? Do you have to make sacrifices in one section to gain an edge in other sections? You always see different approaches at Spa. Either you’re fast in sector one and sector three, which are the high-speed sectors, or you’re fast in sector two, which has more of the corners. Both work pretty well, so it’s a matter of how you want to approach the race.  Can you describe the sensation you feel inside the car when you drive through Eau Rouge and Raidillon? Are you able to take that section flat out? The first lap you go through flat out, you feel sick, like you’re on a rollercoaster because it goes up and down. You’re thinking, will I make that for the race? But, once you’ve done it once, it’s all ok and you just enjoy the g-forces. How important is it to enter Eau Rouge in clean air to ensure you have the maximum amount of downforce available? It’s certainly a corner where you don’t want to have a mistake. Qualifying in clean air is certainly quite good. On the other hand, if you get a big tow, you can have a massive advantage going into turn five. There’s a bit of an argument for both philosophies there.  Your most recent podium was earned in last year’s Belgian Grand Prix. You started ninth and made it all the way to third, finishing behind the Mercedes duo

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