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Romain Grosjean Shocked by Unexpected Q3 Appearance in Brazil

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Romain Grosjean admitted that advancing to Q3 was unexpected for himself and the Haas F1 Team en route to qualifying seventh for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old Frenchman expressed his satisfaction in returning to the final round of qualifying for the first time since the Japanese Grand Prix.

“It’s good to be back in Q3, especially after the last two races where we were out in Q1 and really struggling,” Grosjean said. “Here we’ve been trying some new brakes, focusing on making them work as well as we could. The feeling was good right from the beginning and the cooler track conditions today really helped us a lot.

“There are still plenty of margins to improve for the future. We’re always learning more about what we need to do, but we really weren’t expecting to be in Q3 today. Generally though, when we do get things working well together, we’re quite fast, which is encouraging.”

The team looks poised for a solid outing as Esteban Gutierrez, who has failed to score any of the team’s 29 points this season and has only two races remaining with the American squad, qualified 12th.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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