Romain Grosjean says he is optimistic Haas can prove competitive in its first season of F1 racing, but would otherwise settle for as few 'f*** ups' as possible.
Ahead of his final United States Grand Prix as a Lotus driver before he joins the incoming Haas F1 team, Grosjean admits he faces challenges leading an all-new outfit, despite its experience in motorsport as a whole.
Despite this, the Frenchman is upbeat about his chances next season, saying Haas' preparations in the wind tunnel and its strong technical partnership with Ferrari should see it regularly challenging for points by the second-half of the season.
“I think it is going to be great. It is always difficult to predict. If we can be in the top ten regularly from the second half of the season then it will be really good. If we get to Melbourne and get into Q3 it will be awesome.
“We have to wait a little bit, but the car should be there, the technology is there, the engine, gearbox and suspension should be fine. They have spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel developing the car, now we need to build up the team around it. I am quite optimistic.”
With a recruitment drive underway to bring respected figures into the team, Grosjean candidly adds he would also be satisfied with keeping errors down…
“We are trying to get good people from the paddock with experience. If we can keep the numbers of f*** ups down, we should be good!”