Gene Haas says the 'strong credentials and experience' of new signing Romain Grosjean has given the burgeoning Haas F1 team the perfect opportunity to make an impression in its first season of racing.

The Frenchman was officially revealed as Haas F1's first signing for its maiden season in F1 during a press call at the team's base in Kinnapolis, the successful American outfit having lured him from Lotus after four seasons with the Enstone-based outfit.

Though the deal was much expected after Grosjean revealed his future was assured against the uncertain backdrop of the Lotus-Renault situation, the move still marks something of a coup for the first American team to enter F1 since 1986.

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Indeed, with Grosjean notching up ten F1 podiums in four seasons - including one just last month in the Belgian Grand Prix -, his experience and success makes him the ideal candidate to lead this new project, according to eponymous owner and chairman Gene Haas.

"We wanted an experienced driver capable of developing our car and our race team into one that can score points and better itself each race and each season. We found him in Romain Grosjean," he said. "I've been involved in motorsports for a long time and learned early on the most crucial component is the driver. Romain has strong credentials and he will be an important asset to Haas F1 Team."

It is a view shared by team principal Guenter Steiner, who believes Grosjean will provide the impetus needed to spur Haas on to being competitive from the off.

"In addition to being an experienced Formula One driver, Romain is very technically minded," said Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. "He gives strong, specific feedback as to how the car performs. As we develop our car in testing and throughout the season, his insight will be crucial."

One of America's best-known motorsport teams, Haas enters the F1 fray having enjoyed substantial home grown success competing in NASCAR. It's F1 entry has been made possible by a close affiliation with Ferrari, which will supply engines and technical know-how for its maiden season.

Grosjean's team-mate at Haas is yet to be decided, though 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.