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Grosjean apologises for error during FP2

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean damaged his car when he spun in to the barrier © Press Association

Romain Grosjean apologised to his Lotus team for running off-track during FP2 in Hungary and breaking his front wing.

With rain expected, drivers were keen to get as much running in as possible during the opening half of the second session, but Grosjean ran wide at turn seven and spun in to the wall; ripping off his front wing. After a disappointing 18th place in Germany, Grosjean admitted that he wasn't happy with the handling of his car but felt progress was being made.

"Not the best day we've had but not the worst either," Grosjean said. "The car didn't feel quite as I like it, similar to how it felt in Hockenheim, which made things a bit tricky. I made a mistake running wide on the exit of turn seven in the second session which meant I touched the wall, so a big apology to the guys for that.

"On a more positive note we now understand a few things which need improving in terms of setup, so hopefully tomorrow these will make a difference and I'll have the confidence to push a bit harder and show the true pace of the car."

Lotus will look to improve the car for Grosjean in time for FP3, with technical director James Allison adding: "Romain was uncomfortable with his car today which is something we will try to understand this evening."