GP Japan: Haas and Grosjean, to the door of the points at Suzuka


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The penalty for Kimi Räikkönen had allowed Romain Grosjean to improve a position on the grid and starting seventh in the Grand Prix of Japan, but at the start lost two positions to Nico Hülkenberg and the Finnish. Meanwhile, Gutierrez kept his tenth place. After the first pit stops, where both rode hard, German is ranked fourteenth, while the mexican, with traffic problems, he descended to the twenty-plaza and the situation was complicated even more by to make a spinning top on the arrival at the chicane while trying to overtake Carlos Sainz.

Grosjean returned to the area of points just before the second round of pitstops, in which he returned to mount hard. Upon completion of this, Romain was eleventh, behind the Williams of Massa and Bottas. With tires more fresh, recovered ground but was unable to overcome the Finnish, which in the end separated him less than a second.

when the race Finished, the gaul, although expressed his satisfaction with the behaviour of the car, could not hide his frustration for not being able to score (something that he and the team don’t get from the Grand Prix of Austria).

at The beginning, I had something wrong and I had a lot of graining with the soft tyres, but after the car started flying and I made some good overtaking. In the end, we made a mistake when estimating the life of the hard; we could have stopped a little earlier for the last stretch. Don’t think I have been so frustrated today at the end of a career: I think that we deserved more, because in general, our pace was incredible and it was much faster than the Williams, something that looks good for the future.

For Esteban Gutierrez, the race was more or less. A good first over, which ended up leading to a progressive decrease in the tail of the group that the mexican blamed the traffic found on track after his first stop. Regarding the incident with Sainz, did not cut in to hold the Spanish.

it All started well in the first relay, I was checking the differences, and trying to get close to the head, but at the exit of pit lane I did the back of many cars and that was the end of. I tried to tighten, I tried to overtake and then came the incident with Carlos: slowed down a little soon, closed the door, and I didn’t have somewhere to go when I was preparing to take the curve with the aim of passing on the straight. I suffered some damage to the wing front, which didn’t help. has Not been the career that we expected; now, we must think of our home race in Texas.