Despite the incident at the start, Roman Grosjean was lucky to finish in the eventful Tuscany Grand Prix. The French driver said that the damage to the car was so severe that he thought about retirement.
Roman Grosjean: “I had a good start, drove the first corner along the inner radius and was preparing to attack in the second corner, when I received a strong blow from the side, and then another one – on the fence. The car turned off and I thought the race was over for me.
But then a thought flashed through: “You know what? I have two wheels on the grass. I’ll get out of the gravel, and then we’ll see. ” I started the engine, put in first gear and tried to get back onto the track. I hoped the damage was less severe than it actually turned out. But it’s great that I finished – it’s better than turning off the engine and accepting the retirement.
At the restart, I saw that an accident could have occurred. I shifted to the left and noticed that one of the Renault riders applied the brakes. I do not know what was happening ahead, but the Renault car slowed down, so I also slowed down, and at that moment I saw something that the others did not see. This is the most unpleasant accident in my entire career in Formula 1.
In the race I did everything I could. Because of the damage, I lost about two seconds on the circle, but drove the entire race. I had a great last restart, caught up with Ferrari and Williams and was going to fight for points. But the Haas F1 is not the fastest car anyway, and in the race it lost two seconds per lap due to damage. Unfortunately, I could not keep up their pace, but the team did everything possible – this cannot be taken away from us.
We never give up – this is one of the strengths of the Haas F1. During the first red flags, I was able to assess the condition of the car and thought: “My God! What will we do?! Half of the parts on the left side are destroyed! ” Then the guys said: “Look, there are only 14 cars left in the race, and even if you are the last, there is still a chance to earn points. So hold on, do everything you can and try to finish. ” So I did. “