When Romain Grosjean left Lotus, which was soon to be acquired by French automaker Renault, for American Formula 1 newcomers Haas F1, many in the racing community were surprised. Why would Grosjean leave Renault, a team with immense experience in F1, for newcomers like Haas? Many thought he was only using Haas as a stepping stone to Ferrari, but according to a recent interview with Motorsport, that’s not the case.
“The best I can do is to do my best and do my job,” Grosjean said. “I didn’t go to Haas to go to Ferrari. That is not the point.”
“I went to Haas because I like the project. I think it can be successful. It is an American team so there is a big market that will be nice for F1.
“Of course the dream is [always] to go to Ferrari. Ferrari wants good drivers, and if you be the best you can be, then you have a chance.”
Grosjean also pointed out that Haas aren’t your typical Formula 1 newcomers. Thanks to their close technical partnership with Ferrari and team owner Gene Haas’ extensive and successful history in racing, the team should see success earlier on than previous new teams like Marussia.
“It is a unique case,” he said. “It is a new team without being a new team, because the car should be running, and shouldn’t have any big dramas – as most of the things come from Ferrari.
“On the operational side we need to get the people to work together and understand the software, but we have good people coming, and support from Ferrari behind.”