Grosjean: Delay not the end of the world
1 November 2013 – Romain Grosjean says the technical issues he experienced during Friday evening's second practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "were not the end of the world".
The Frenchman, who had topped the first session of the weekend, suffered a brake problem later in the day, preventing him from completing longer stints in conditions that are expected to be extremely similar to those experienced in Sunday's race.
But despite the setback, Grosjean remains confident of delivering a strong display.
"It's been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on," Grosjean said. "We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn't the end of the world.
"The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first practice session, so I'm sure we'll get on top of everything we need to in time for tomorrow."
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen tested the Enstone-based outfit's shorter wheelbase chassis throughout the opening day, placing fourth on the combined timesheets.
"The shorter chassis feels OK here, but I didn't drive it back-to-back with the longer one so it's difficult to say which is better," Räikkönen explained after his day of work. "We're still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit it feels better so far."