Grosjean made several errors in the 1st two sessions of qualifying. An early spin cost nothing more than track time but, on his final run in Q2, he bump over the rumble strips, killing off any hope of making the top ten starting positions in The Spanish Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean said, “I was hoping for more than P14, Without that last spin on the last lap, perhaps we could have done better. Anyway, the car balance has been very tricky and the wind makes it very unpredictable. We struggled with that, so there are a few things we need to work on because I don’t think we’re operating as we should be in some areas. The problem right now was that if I push it to the limit, one corner’s going to be fine but the next it goes away. That’s a big problem for me as I’m struggling to drive it when it’s like this. The car was not reacting as I would like and the grip was very low.”
Team boss Guenther Steiner said, “A very interesting and stressful day, but in the end, I think we can come away from qualifying with our heads up, I think Romain was just trying too hard on his last lap, but the midfield was tight, and it always will be. It will be a half-tenth up or down and you could be anywhere from 7th to 14th. It’s very, very tight. We are 11th and 14th, and it’s a exceptional place to get into the points tomorrow.”