A poor car and more DNFs than any other driver resulted in Romain Grosjean’s worst full season on record. Here are all the facts and statistics from Grosjean’s 2019 season.
Scoring only eight points, Romain Grosjean had his worst full season in Formula 1. It’s the second time he has scored eight points over the course of a year, but the last time he did it in 2014, he finished fourteenth overall, compared to eighteenth in 2019. His low championship position was a result of multiple factors – not least of them a poor race car and seven DNFs.
He scored his first point of the year with tenth place in Spain, and followed that up with another tenth place at the next race in Monaco. He went on to finish seventh in Germany, but that would be his final points appearance of the year.
Many had expected Grosjean to be out of the team for 2020 – but it was he who, in part, helped Haas try to find a solution, remaining adamant that they should switch back to their older spec of car. After two below par seasons, Grosjean will need to up his game in the 2020 season if he is to continue in F1 beyond the end of the year.
A STATISTIC FOR EVERY GRAND PRIX
Australia: After the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean has now started from sixth in every Albert Park race since 2017 and retired from all three events. From his eight Albert Park appearances, he’s retired six times – including five times in the last six years.
Bahrain: Romain Grosjean’s 100% finish record in Bahrain came to an end in 2019. His retirement marked only the third time he’s failed to score in Sakhir from his eight visits to the track.
China: For a second consecutive season, Romain Grosjean failed to pick up points in any of the opening three Grands Prix of the year. It was the third time he’s done that in his career, having also failed to pick up points from any of the first four races of the 2014 season.
Azerbaijan: In 2019, Romain Grosjean recorded his second consecutive DNF at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. In qualifying, Grosjean recorded his first Q1 exit since the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix. It marked only the second time in the past eighteen races where the Haas driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying.
Spain: Romain Grosjean’s tenth place in the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix ensured that this was the first Spanish Grand Prix in which both Haas cars scored points.
Monaco: Since the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean recorded his first Q2 exit since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. It was only the third time in the last twenty races that he hadn’t qualified in top ten.
Canada: For the eleventh time in his career, at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean finished the race in the same position as he started it from. It was the second time he’s done it in Canada, having also started and finished fourteenth in the 2016 race.
France: Romain Grosjean was the only retirement from the 2019 French Grand Prix. It was his fourth non-finish of the year, making him the driver with the most failures to finish up to that point in the season.
Austria: With grid penalties for six drivers, Romain Grosjean was the only driver other than the polesitter who started the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix from where they actually qualified.
Britain: Romain Grosjean recorded his fifth non-finish of the 2019 season at the British Grand Prix. He has now retired on five of his last seven British Grand Prix appearances.
Germany: Seventh place at the 2019 German Grand Prix marked Romain Grosjean’s best finish of the season. It would also be the final time he scored in 2019.
Hungary: At the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean recorded his third DNF at the Hungaroring and his sixth retirement of the season.
Belgium: After finishing seventh for the last two years at the Belgian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean finished thirteenth in the 2019 event. The last time he didn’t finish seventh, in 2013, he also finished thirteenth.
Italy: With Romain Grosjean finishing only sixteenth in the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, Haas are still yet to score a point at Monza. Grosjean has not scored at the circuit since 2013.
Singapore: At the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean qualified eighteenth. It was his worst qualifying performance at the Marina Bay Circuit, and his first Q1 exit at the circuit, since 2009.
Russia: Romain Grosjean was the first of five retirements in the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. He’s now failed to finish on three of his six appearances in Sochi. He and Daniel Ricciardo became the first drivers to reach three DNFs at the Russian Grand Prix. It was his seventh and final retirement of the 2019 season; the record for most DNFs this year.
Japan: After Kevin Magnussen crashed out of qualifying for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean out-qualified his team-mate at Suzuka for a fifth consecutive season.
Mexico: At the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean equalled Thierry Boutsen’s record tally of point-less finishes at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Boutsen had four point-less finishes here during his career, and Grosjean equalled that figure with his seventeenth place finish.
United States: For the first time at the Circuit of the Americas, Romain Grosjean finished where he started in the 2019 United States Grand Prix.
Brazil: In qualifying for the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean maintained his record of having out-qualified his team-mate at Interlagos in every season since 2013.
Abu Dhabi: On the weekend where Romain Grosjean overtook Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert as the driver to have had the second-most appearances without a pole position, the Frenchman also became the driver to have had the most point-less finishes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He has now finished outside of the points five times at the track, overtaking Heikki Kovalainen’s tally of four point-less finishes.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.