Romain Grosjean crashes out in soaking Italian GP Qualifying
Grosjean's Haas aquaplanes on pit straight at saturated Monza
By Jonathan Green
Last Updated: 04/09/17 10:04am
Romain Grosjean brought Italian GP Qualifying to a halt after crashing early in Q1 at a soaking wet Monza.
The Frenchman's Haas aquaplaned down the pit-straight which sent him spinning into the barriers, causing damage to the rear of his car.
Grosjean had previously said on team radio that the conditions were "too dangerous" and that he could not see where he was going.
Heavy rain at Monza had seen Practice Three limited to just 16 minutes of running and while Qualifying started on time, the red flag brought about by Grosjean's crash after just four minutes led to a delay of over an hour.
"You're in a straight line and then you're facing the wall at 300kph," Grosjean told Sky F1.
"I just think the conditions weren't good enough to go out there. I complained on the out lap saying that there was too much water and we couldn't see anything.
"You cannot back off on the straight if someone is behind, because he won't see anything, and you can't stay on the power because you're going to lose the car.
"The first time was just about fine and then the second time I lost it [the car] for no reason. We shouldn't have gone out at all and I'm pretty straightforward on that
"The damage doesn't seem too bad. The impact wasn't strong which was lucky. Spinning in a straight line is not what you should see in F1."
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