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Grosjean wishing it was ‘day before Haas debut’

With just two races to go until he leaves the Lotus stable, Romain Grosjean admits he is looking forward to driving the Haas for the first time in 2016.
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].”


Tagged as: Romain Grosjean , Haas , Lotus

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23.10.2015- free practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.03.2017 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17 retires from the race
26.03.2017 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
25.03.2017 - Qualifying, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
25.03.2017 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
25.03.2017 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-17
25.03.2017 - Free Practice 3, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17

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Taz

November 04, 2015 6:29 PM

HairyLuthier: Can anyone explain to me how Haas is going to be straight into the midfield? Gutierrez said in Mexico that they would be stronger than Sauber next year. I get that they are buying parts from Ferrari but surely they can't just buy all of Ferrari's aero data?
Gutierrez also says it's a stepping stone to Ferrari for him. The boy's head is filled with hot air, luckily for him that his pockets are filled with Carlos Slim's dollars!

Dallas

November 04, 2015 9:04 PM

They have Ferrari's 2016 spec engine going in the back, which seems to be the one that will catch the Merc, so there's that. But they are also approaching entry in a different way. Haas is a pretty big player in motorsport in general, and they are taking cues on what not to do from teams like Caterham and Manor, plus they've got budget from within and sponsors already. I'd say they have a pretty big chance at fighting midfield, but who knows.



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