Romain Grosjean says a season of frustration with his uncompetitive Lotus was behind his outburst on the radio during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Grosjean, who has only finished in the points twice this year, furiously criticised his car’s Renault engine after it cut out during Q2.
“This season is difficult and of course part of that radio message was frustration from the beginning of the year,” said Grosjean during today’s press conference.
“When you are racing Singapore it is certainly one of the toughest tracks to race. [On a] qualifying lap you give a hundred and twenty percent of everything you can, you take every single risk to get close to the wall without kissing them too much, and in the straight line your engine cuts. So I wasn’t very happy with that, I think it was clear.
“But we found the issue with Renault, they solved it for the race and things were going better. I think it’s just a fact that hot, humid and trying to get a hundred percent of everything and suddenly get issues on the straight-line where it’s easy to not lose time.”
Grosjean, who fought the Red Bulls for victory in Japan last year, said he was still happy despite his trying season because “you wake up in the morning and you are still a Formula One driver”.
“It took me quite a long time to get to Formula One,” he said, “I lost it once at the end of 2009, and when I came back in 2012 I realised when you lose something you realise how much you like it”.
“Even though it’s a tough season I still have mechanics that give a hundred percent and I still love what I’m doing. Of course it’s much more fun to fight at the front and for victories but it’s still a very good job.”
2014 Singapore Grand Prix
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