9:56 – Haas’ Romain Grosjean says the closely-contested nature of Formula 1’s midfield means teams have to extract “100 per cent” from their packages at every stage in 2017.

While Force India has pulled clear in race trim – holding a strong fourth place in the standings – Toro Rosso, Williams, Renault and Haas are covered by only 14 points in the battle for fifth spot.

Grosjean believes the close fight has forced teams to raise their games in order to battle for positions inside the top 10 over both one-lap and race-pace.

“It’s actually very exciting,” Grosjean commented on the midfield encounters.

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