The new Haas F1 Team has officially confirmed Romain Grosjean will lead the driver line-up for its inaugural season in Formula 1 after successfully luring him from Lotus.

The Frenchman switches to the new Ferrari-affiliated American outfit after four seasons with Lotus, a largely successful tenure that yielded ten podiums, the most recent of which came in this year's Belgian Grand Prix.

Indeed, though Grosjean was initially expected to stay with Lotus on the premise it will be taken over by Renault - with whom he made his F1 debut -, the ongoing uncertainty with that deal has prompted him to take control of his future and accept Haas' offer.

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With Grosjean viewing it as a chance to lead a new ambitious effort as a team leader, it also arguably puts him in a stronger position with which to pitch for a potential Ferrari drive in 2017 if Kimi Raikkonen isn't retained.

"What Gene Haas and everyone at Haas F1 Team is building is impressive, and I'm very proud to be a part of it," Grosjean said. "Formula One is incredibly competitive and the only way to succeed is by finding new ways of doing things. This is a new opportunity with a new team that is taking a very different approach to Formula One. I believe in their approach and they believe in me. While I am committed to giving my absolute best to my current team in these last five races, I am very excited for what the future holds at Haas F1 Team."

Haas enters the F1 fray after substantial success in the United States, competing in NASCAR. Owned by the eponymous Gene Haas, the outfit will put Gunther Steiner in charge of its F1 operations, the Austrian returning to F1 having previously headed up the Jaguar Racing and Red Bull Racing team.

Grosjean's team-mate at Haas is yet to be confirmed, though former Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez has been strongly linked for several weeks courtesy of his links via Ferrari as its reserve driver. He is expected to be revealed close to his home Mexican Grand Prix.