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Canadian GP – Race report

13 June 2016
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.» Recap Laps completed: 68/70 Started 14th, Finished 14th

Canadian GP – Qualifying Day

11 June 2016
«The car balance is not miles off, but we just don’t have any grip from the tires.» Romain Grosjean says. «We’re not getting them to work properly. For some reason, we had it at the beginning of the year, but we haven’t managed to bring them back in the window since. That means you can’t really drive the car as you would like. Yesterday, our long-run pace was quite good, so hopefully the race tomorrow is better.» Recap Q1 Best time: 1:15.444 (16th quick) Q2 Best time: 1:14.803 (15th quick)

Canadian GP – Day 1

10 June 2016
«It was a good day.» Romain Grosjean says. «We had plenty of mileage and the car felt OK. Generally, I’m very happy with the balance of the car. We had a long run to end the day and it did everything we wanted it to do, so that’s good. Hopefully, we can find a bit of performance in the tires for tomorrow.» Recap FP1 Laps completed: 22 Best time: 1:17.008 (13th quick) FP2 Laps completed: 35 Best time: 1:16.093 (15th quick)

Canadian GP – Before

7 June 2016
Romain, You mentioned at Monaco that despite the result, you felt more comfortable with the car. What are you feeling in the car that’s different from what you experienced in Spain? The car reacted much better to what we were doing, and to my driving style. That was a good thing, and a good direction. We got back to more common settings and worked from there. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a semi street circuit. Is there anything you can take from Monaco and apply to Montreal, especially considering Pirelli is bringing the same tire compounds from Monaco? It’s a city circuit, but very different from Monaco. There are a few things we can bring forward, but not much. Canada is known as the hardest-braking grand prix of the year. What do you need to feel in the car to make the most of your car’s braking capability, and how do you manage your brakes for the entire, 70-lap race? Hopefully, we don’t have to manage the brakes too much, which is normally a good thing for a driver. For the setup, you want a stable car for the braking. You also want the confidence to be able to brake late and to not have any instability or locking up on the entry phase into a corner. Montreal is home to one of your best finishes in Formula One – a second-place effort in 2012. What do you remember about that race and how did you achieve that result? That was a great race. I started P7. I had a one-stop strategy while everyone else was on a two-stop strategy. Initially, I thought I would finish fifth or sixth as I was stuck behind the Mercedes of (Nico) Rosberg. I couldn’t overtake. Then, everyone pitted. The ones who didn’t were really struggling with grip, so I could overtake them. I didn’t quite have the pace to chase Lewis (Hamilton) and take the win. How important was that second-place finish at Montreal in 2012 during that early portion of your Formula One career? It was a great race and, obviously, a great result. I always try to do my best. It was a good race. I enjoyed it. It’s always important to strive for the highest finish you can and be as high on the podium as possible. What is your favorite part of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? I like the whole circuit. I’ve always loved it and really enjoy racing there. It’s always a great feeling. Describe a lap around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. After the start-finish line you go into turn one. It’s tricky braking with a lot of front locking. You’re straight into turn two – a very bumpy hairpin. Then it’s the chicane. You use a lot of the curb and have to be careful on exit because of the wall. Then it’s another left and right corner with tricky braking. You come from the right-hand side corner flat out, and then there’s a long throttle application with

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