Romain Grosjean will take a new chassis on Saturday at the British Grand Prix after an error closing his DRS saw him crash during first practice.
Approaching Turn 1, Grosjean’s DRS was still open as he started to turn in and the car immediately snapped sideways, sliding across the gravel and into the barrier with the front left corner. Team principal Guenther Steiner confirmed a new chassis was required due to the extensive damage, and with scrutineering only able to take place after FP2 the Frenchman missed the second session at Silverstone.
“The car was fast this morning and I closed the DRS a bit too late on that lap,” Grosjean explained. “The aero flow didn’t recover. And I lost the rear end. It’s a shame, obviously we wanted to run FP2 but I have been watching Kevin [Magnussen] quite a lot and seeing what he’s doing.
“Track conditions, hot temperatures are quite interesting for everyone to understand. And I think we can do better for tomorrow, but the pace was good this morning, the car felt good, so tomorrow should be alright.”
Adding that taking Turn 1 with the DRS open is impossible for a team like Haas, Grosjean was left surprised by the amount of damage caused after scrubbing a lot of speed off in the run-off area.
“It wasn’t a big impact. But I think the front wheel came back and removed some part on the chassis that it was easier to change the chassis than trying to change the aero part and that’s why we decided to change it.”
Steiner used the Friday FIA press conference — held after FP1 — to joke that it was business as usual for Haas with Grosjean having crashed and Kevin Magnussen having a trip to the stewards for an incident with Fernando Alonso that warranted no further action. With the team principal also stating he wants regular points from both drivers, Grosjean says he will wait until the end of the race weekend before judging how costly his error was.
“I think we know why I haven’t been scoring points at every race this year and it’s not always been my fault. I know what I can do, I know what the team can do, obviously today is not ideal but let’s talk on Sunday and see if we recovered and if we’re doing great.”