Grosjean found Japanese GP Friday practice “exciting”

Romain Grosjean has said that he found Friday free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix “exciting” after qualifying was moved to Sunday.

With Typhoon Hagibis due to make landfall on Saturday, race organisers have moved qualifying to Sunday morning for safety reasons.

But, it is not known if the typhoon will clear in time for Sunday morning and as such, teams cannot be sure that qualifying will take place at all.

If qualifying can’t take place then the times from second free practice will be used to determine the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix, which meant drivers had to do more running than usual on Friday.

Although it puts more pressure on the teams and drivers, Grosjean said that he found the experience “super exciting”, and he would would not be adverse to seeing the format replicated in the future to replace the traditional qualifying session.

“I actually think it was a super exciting Friday.” commented Grosjean after second free practice.

“I think it would be cool to have Saturdays like this, with FP1 in the morning and then FP2 in the afternoon, where you have extra tires and the result is your qualifying.

“You can work on the car, and at the same time push hard, I was trying different things.

“There’s obviously a little bit more pressure on that as free practice.”

Grosjean ended the first practice session in 11th place, but fell down the order to 13th place in the second session, setting a best time of 1m29.533s, and the 33-year-old was disappointed that he was unable to get more out of his Haas in the afternoon, claiming he was missing three to four tenths.

“This morning the car was good, but in the afternoon I was expecting a little bit more,” added Grosjean.

“I wanted to have three-four more tenths.”

“We just didn’t have it, it’s a bit of a shame in that aspect.

“We’ll keep working and we’ll see if we actually do have qualifying on Sunday morning or not.”