Grosjean encouraged by return to points

By on Monday, July 4, 2016
Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean says his Austrian Grand Prix was "stressful" at points but was pleased to return Haas to the top 10 positions.

Grosjean began 2016 with three points finishes from four Grands Prix but had not added to his tally since, until he collected seventh place at the Red Bull Ring.

Grosjean's points strengthened eighth place in the Constructors' championship for Haas, four points behind rivals McLaren.

"It was a pretty good race," he said.

"The first lap was not great. I was pushed out by another car and I lost quite a few positions.

"After that we stayed out on the Super Softs, even though the tyres were going away. I managed to pick up some pace and run well.

"The Safety Car came when we had planned our stop, so that helped a little bit.

"After that I was behind [Jenson] Button. I was trying to chase him and overtake him, but it was just too hard to follow another car and then be able to pass.

"The last few laps, I learned I had a five-second penalty [due to pit lane speeding], so I had to open the gap to the car behind.

"I really pushed it to one hundred percent every single lap, which was quite fun, but stressful as well. I didn’t want to go out. In the end it was [Sergio] Perez that went out, so it was all good for me."

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