Romain Grosjean says he is already looking forward to getting his hands on Haas' F1 entry during 2016 pre-season testing as he prepares to make his move from Lotus over the winter.
With the Frenchman's four-year tenure at Lotus almost at an end with just two races of the 2015 season remaining, Grosjean is now looking towards his new endeavour with the incoming Haas outfit.
With Esteban Gutierrez officially confirmed alongside Grosjean over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, the 11-time podium winner says he has already begun discussions about 2016 with Haas management, saying he wishes it was February already.
“I'm happy that I signed for Haas, it's going to be a great year - it's going to be good,” he said. “Gene [Haas] and Guenther [Steiner] came [to Austin] so we keep talking about 2015 plans.
“After Austin I went to visit Haas Automation with Gene and Gunther and I was having dinner thinking I would like it to be the day before winter testing when we discover whether it's a good car or not. All exciting, very good project I think.”
Reflecting on the decision to sign former Sauber driver and current Ferrari reserve Gutierrez for the second seat, Grosjean thinks it is wise to opt for drivers with experience.
“Gene was expecting a driver with a lot of experience to build up the team and they know I've been through the teams with good performance, then a bit more down before we came back. All of that means they want to work [with you].”