Romain Grosjean says it is a great opportunity to join the 'very, very clever' Haas F1 team and is relishing the prospect of a new challenge in Formula 1.

The French driver's seven-year relationship with Lotus will come to an end after the Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi next month after agreeing to join the new team Haas F1 for 2016.

The 29-year-old says he has high hopes for next season and is motivated by the prospect of working in technical partnership with Ferrari, who will provide elements of the chassis and its power unit. The switch is also viewed by many as Grosjean's best opportunity to convince Ferrari he is worthy of a drive in 2017 when Kimi Raikkonen is expected to exit.

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Despite the emotional impact the switch will have on him, Grosjean is confident it is a smart move from a sporting point of view.

"We will hopefully be pretty successful. It was a great opportunity I had to join Haas," Grosjean said. "As I've said, leaving Enstone is going to be, from an emotional point of view, quite hard because I've spent ten years there. I think Fernando [Alonso] knows how it is in this team: very, very strong group of people.

"On the other hand, from a sporting point of view, I think the way Haas is coming to Formula One is very, very clever. He's been successful in his business, he's been successful in NASCAR. Coming alongside Ferrari - which is probably the biggest team in Formula One - makes sense, and for me to have a new experience with an American team can be very, very nice."