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Grosjean 'very sorry' for qualifying mistake

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean spun in to the gravel at the end of Q2 and couldn't run again © Sutton Images

Romain Grosjean apologised to his Lotus team for spinning out of qualifying at Silverstone having secured a place in the top ten.

Already lying in fifth place at the end of Q2, Grosjean spun off in to the gravel at Vale and couldn't drive the car out. The error prevented him from taking part in Q3, where Kimi Raikkonen was quick enough for sixth on the grid, and Grosjean admitted that he was caught out by the slippery conditions.

"It's frustrating and I'm very sorry for the team as it looks like we had a strong car, but sometimes mistakes happen," Grosjean said. "My lap was not much different from the previous lap but it was different enough for me to go off and the car went backwards into the gravel and then it was stranded. It was very slippery."

Grosjean took on an optimistic outlook to the race, however, saying his starting position wouldn't be too important if it rains again.

"We deserved better, but we will do our best tomorrow to gain positions to get some good points. It will be a long race and starting position doesn't mean as much if there are variable conditions. There's also a benefit from not making it into Q3 as I have a fresh set of intermediate tyres. Let's see what happens tomorrow."