Grosjean goes back to basics amid setup woes

Romain Grosjean will revert to an old setup for qualifying day at the Spanish Grand Prix in the hope of curing the handling issues he has been struggling with since the Chinese Grand Prix.

Grosjean complained of a lack of grip throughout Friday’s two practice sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya, but said the struggle helped him to understand the problems he encountered at recent races.

“It wasn’t a good day,” he said. “We struggled with the balance, we struggled with the higher track temperatures, but I think we have understood now why things have gone that way. We will revert on quite a few set-up changes that we have made in the last few races and the direction we have taken and hopefully tomorrow is a different story.”

Asked what had been going wrong so far, Grosjean said: “It is just a general philosophy that we have taken since China and we thought it was very positive but it doesn’t work as we would like. On the paper it could be something very good but it looks like on track it doesn’t work as well as we would like.

“I think we know now what went wrong. It is not 100% clear we could have done it different. After Bahrain, after the race, we identified a few things and were very sure of what we needed to change. But it is always hard to get a back-to-back and it is a big change and we cannot do between sessions.

“In the end you have to do it overnight as it is a big change but now we are convinced on there and we have to revert on that and from there we have to find another solution to solve the problem we had in Bahrain. I can’t tell you more!”