Date published: September 28 2018
Romain Grosjean wants a change to the qualifying rules as he feels having to start on Q2 tyres is a “rubbish situation.”
Last time out in Singapore, the drivers starting seventh to 10th on the hypersoft tyres were all forced to pit earlier than those behind them on the harder tyres.
As such when they emerged from the pits they were stuck behind slower cars.
This led to several incidents bordering on road rage as Sergio Perez took a swipe at Sergey Sirotkin and Grosjean was hit with a penalty as he was so engrossed in his own battle with Sirotkin that he held up the race leaders.
He wants a change to the rules.
“I think it was a rubbish situation to be qualifying between seventh and 10th, and have to start on hypersofts,” he said.
“Which is a bit sad knowing that P13 has an advantage on P7 on the grid.
“I took it very, very slowly initially in the race, I drove like a grandma, trying to take care of the tyres.
“Five laps after the Safety Car they just went. We had to pit and eventually ended up in traffic, with Sergio [Perez] there and [Nico] Hulkenberg, and we just couldn’t do anything.”
Grosjean in fact feels those midfield drivers making it into Q3 are so badly penalised by the tyre choice that he may avoid it in the future.
“If here [it’s] the same situation we’re not going to try to make it to Q3, and I don’t think that’s great for F1, for the show, and for ourselves either,” he added.
“Just thinking I don’t want to make it to Q3, it’s a real disadvantage. What’s the point of qualifying then?”