Romain Grosjean's uplifting start to the 2016 season came to an abrupt halt at the Chinese Grand Prix as the Haas driver slumped to 19th position.
Grosjean made contact with Marcus Ericsson at the start and struggled for pace throughout the race as he equalled his worst race result in Formula 1.
"It was a horrific race," he said. "The start was terrible when Ericsson turned into me and got my front wing.
"From there we had the Safety Car and I thought, ‘OK, we still have a chance to do something.’
"But the balance in the car was nowhere near good. I don’t know what happened.
"Somehow, it’s positive that we had such a difficult race, because we can analyse what we did wrong, what we did right and what we could have done differently.
"From there, we can come back stronger. It’s a difficult one after the two first races."
Despite neither Grosjean nor team-mate Esteban Gutierrez troubling the top 10, Haas was able to retain fifth place in the Constructors' championship.