Romain Grosjean offers unconvincing explanation for embarrassing Azerbaijan GP crash

Romain Grosjean was left frustrated and embarrassed after seeing a potential top six finish evapourate following a bizarre crash during the Azerbaijan GP on Sunday.

The Haas driver was enjoying a strong comeback through the field having started last after suffering a gearbox problem in qualifying.

In fact, he would be running behind eventual podium sitter Sergio Perez during the Safety Car period caused by the colliding Red Bulls.

However, as he tried to get heat into his tyres along the back straight, he would slide helplessly into the wall at low speed.

Clearly angry, he was seen throwing his gloves against the wall upon his return to the garage before giving his explanation to the media later.

“There was a lot of wind, the car was going left and right, pushing then not pushing,” Grosjean claimed.

“I was warming up my tyres and bumped into a switch that I’d moved by two positions.

“When I touched the brakes, the brake balance was locked rearward – it just locked the rear wheels and I spun.”

Though that is possible, at the time he lost control it would be more likely Romain was actually accelerating than braking and it was simply the cold tyres, which had been a problem even at racing speed for most drivers, that caused him to slide.

This wasn’t even the first time Grosjean has crashed behind the Safety Car, having done so in damp conditions in Hungary in 2014

Unsurprisingly, fans didn’t back with their reactions on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/jordrobinsonnn/status/990870219605401600

To make matters worse, in an initial radio message Grosjean seemed to blame Marcus Ericsson for hitting him despite the Sauber being quite some way behind him.

It capped off another disappointing weekend for Haas, with teammate Kevin Magnussen finishing last of the 13 drivers to reach the finish.

And Grosjean was also aware of the consequences of his accident in the tight midfield battle.

“This hurts a lot and I want to apologise to the team,” he said. “We were in the middle of an amazing race, starting last and running P6.

“Seeing (Sergio) Perez on the podium, knowing I was fighting with him, is very painful for all of us. It was going very well.

“It’s always hard when you lose so many points and obviously when you crash under the Safety Car.”

Better luck next time, Romain.

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