A mechanical issue in the first practice session and a crash during the second one left Romain Grosjean with only 12 laps completed in today’s preparation for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Grosjean’s desire for a strong start to the race weekend was squashed almost immediately when in the first practice sessions his car developed problems on its installation lap. The technical issues led to a 25-minute stint in the garage, and when trouble continued on a second installation lap, the team decided to end his run to perform a more in-depth analysis of the car.
An engine inlet air leak was deemed to be the culprit, resulting in a time-consuming, but necessary, engine change, with Grosjean’s race engine getting installed into his car.
“It was the worst Friday you could imagine for us.
"I didn’t get a lap in this morning, and then we had some issues this afternoon that we need to solve. There was just no performance. It’s a very bad way to start one of the most difficult grand prix of the year. Tomorrow is another day.”
Things didn’t go better in the second session as he spun at turn 23 roughly 45 minutes into the session, backing his car into the wall. The rear wing of his Haas VF-16 was heavily damaged and upon returning to the garage it was determined the floor and rear suspension also needed to be replaced, sidelining the Frenchman for the remainder of practice.