user icon

Grosjean had 'no room' to avoid Russell contact

  • Published on 23 Sep 2019 13:55
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Romain Grosjean has affirmed that he had no room on the left side of the track to avoid contact with George Russell during the Singapore Grand Prix. 

The duo came together at Turn 8, with Russell being pitched into the wall, eliminating him from the race.

Grosjean described how he saw the accident, but doesn't believe he had much room left to play with in order to back out.

"It's difficult to say from inside the car," he said. "I was on the outside at Turn 8, at the apex side by side. George went on the throttle early and I was on the left. So I don't think there was much room for me to go more on the left, there's a wall there.

"I need to see the footage, what I think at the moment is mid-corner, with his rear touched my front and then [he was] sent the other way around.

"It's unfortunate, but as I said there was not much more room for me to carry on. It's bloody difficult to overtake at that circuit. Obviously, George is not super happy but I don’t think I had much more room to go left.”

Grosjean added that that element is a "grey area" in the rulebook, as it is tough to judge who has priority when going into a corner side by side.  

“It’s a bit of a grey area the rules, who has got the priority,” he said. “We have seen a lot of people going wide and gaining an advantage of going wide.

“Obviously, I’m for gravel on exit of corners, maybe it would change the mentality and we would have to leave more space because that is what I have been saying for a long time. If there is a wall, you cannot disappear and obviously there is contact.”

Speaking about his race as a whole, Grosjean said: "On a few occasions we looked like we were OK in terms of pace, but tyre degradation is huge, really big. We tried to stay long on the medium, but it completely died by the end.

"Then we went on the hard, which went really well. But then behind a Williams, it’s hard to overtake. We finally did. But then we pitted, put the soft on and then we were having a tough time.”

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • f1ski

    Posts: 539

    Nothing Grey here . Rules or between the ears
    After watching this I am beginning to think he makes contact out of spite when he isn’t let thru. Like a child

    • + 1
    • Sep 23 2019 - 15:03
  • And why did you not have any room, Grosjean? Because you didn't take proper precautions. Again. He constantly throws all caution to the side, be it with or without provocation, and just goes at it. It's such a shame Hulk had to demand such a high salary, because he is superior to Grosjean in almost every possible way.

    • + 0
    • Sep 23 2019 - 19:51
    • I honestly think Hulk deserves a half-decent manager who has better connections, and also who could sit him down and give proper advice.

      • + 0
      • Sep 24 2019 - 05:13
  • Sadtomato

    Posts: 33

    Surprised he did not blame Erricson.

    • + 0
    • Sep 24 2019 - 19:51
  • Dert38

    Posts: 138

    Cmon Gro bro help K-Mag dude

    • + 0
    • Sep 25 2019 - 13:16

Related news

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

Test calendar

Yas Marina Circuit - Tyre testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Haas F1
  • Points 153
  • Podiums 1
  • Grand Prix 102
  • Country France
  • Date of b. Apr 17 1986 (33)
  • Place of b. Geneve, France
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
-
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
-
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar