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Romain Grosjean's car following his crash during Q1..

Romain Grosjean falls victim to poor weather as he crashes out of qualifying for the Italian GP

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It is fair to say that conditions for qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix was nothing short of brutal.

Heavy rain had disrupted practice at Monza, with the third stage being limited to just 16 minutes.

Nevertheless, qualifying for the Grand Prix began on time, despite many drivers complaining that the track was too dangerous to race on.

With poor conditions effecting both the visibility and the pace of the drivers, it seemed like a crash was a distinct possibility.

Unfortunately for Haas, it was one of their drivers that fell victim to the weather as Romain Grosjean crashed out during Q1 at Monza.

The Frenchman was racing down the pit-straight, but a slight wobble caused by aquaplaning forced him to lose control of the car.

With Grosjean helpless, his car spun into the barriers, causing damage to the rear of his car in the process.

The Haas driver then immediately vented his frustrations on the radio to his team, saying: "f*** me, I told you it was too dangerous."

Fortunately for Grosjean, his car did not sustain great damage and he was able to walk away from the incident unscathed.

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Speaking to Sky F1 in the aftermath of the crash, Grosjean complained: "You're in a straight line and then you're facing the wall at 300kph.

"I just think the conditions weren't good enough to go out there. I complained on the out lap saying that there was too much water and we couldn't see anything.

"You cannot back off on the straight if someone is behind, because he won't see anything, and you can't stay on the power because you're going to lose the car.

"The first time was just about fine and then the second time I lost it [the car] for no reason. We shouldn't have gone out at all and I'm pretty straightforward on that

"The damage doesn't seem too bad. The impact wasn't strong which was lucky. Spinning in a straight line is not what you should see in F1."

Watch the crash below.

Grosjean's crash came after just four minutes into qualifying and led to a delay at Monza of just over an hour.

When qualifying eventually restarted, Lewis Hamilton was able to break the record for the most pole positions in F1 history as he claimed his 69th career pole.

The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top three, however, they will be demoted for Sunday's race following an engine penalty incurred earlier on in the week.

Therefore, Lance Stroll will be on the front row alongside Hamilton, with Esteban Ocon in third.

F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Qualifying

It was a disappointing day of qualifying for Hamilton's title rivals, with Valtteri Bottas finishing sixth fastest and Sebastian Vettel eighth fastest.

However, due to the demotion of the Red Bull drivers, Bottas and Vettel will start today's Grand Prix in fourth and sixth respectively; but they still have a lot of work to do if they are to challenge Hamilton in the race.

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