Romain Grosjean said his crash during Q1 at Suzuka was caused by sudden oversteer and his car was quick enough to get into the top ten.
Grosjean was beginning his second run when he spun into the barriers at turn five.
“The first run was actually really good,” he said. “I had a big moment into turn 11, which lost me a lot of time on Kevin [Magnussen]. So I think the car was capable of going into the top ten in Q1.”
“I went for the second run, doing pretty much the same thing, and the car just had a lot of oversteer for no reason. We need to analyse that.”
After the first run Grosjean and his engineer discussed how much the car was bottoming out on the ground. Grosjean also admitted he tried to carry more speed into the corner where he lost control.
“For sure, I attacked turn three a bit faster than I had on the previous lap, but nothing crazy. I just lost it there and tried to save what I could for turn four, but it was too late.”
“I tried to keep it on track as much as I could, to avoid a crash, but I lost it a second time and had to go wide. Once I was on the grass, it was wet, so it threw me into the barrier.”
Team principal Guenther Steiner admitted it was possible Grosjean might have to take a grid penalty for the race. “We have to see with Romain just how big the damage is on his car and if we need to change something that will give us a penalty,” he said.
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