Romain Grosjean expects to use the last remaining example of Haas’s new front wing design after breaking one when he hit a marmot during practice today.
The impact caused significant damage to the front of the car, Grosjean said. “The nose was quite open and I believe the animal was in there.”
“It was a big impact. It was quite a big animal,” he added.
Grosjean suggested the marmot should have been removed from the edge of the track after it had been spotted on camera early in the session.
“It’s a bit disappointing because they showed it on TV before the beginning of the session before turn 13, and [that’s exactly] where I hit it. So I’m surprised they didn’t remove it.
“Of course it’s a shame for the animal, and it’s a shame for our front wing as well. We are quite limited on spare parts and losing a front wing like this is a bit disappointing.”
Despite the setback Grosjean ended practice with the fastest time of the midfield drivers, 1.4 seconds off Max Verstappen’s pace.
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