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Grosjean impressed by Haas reaction

Romain Grosjean says he's been impressed by the way his new Haas team has taken a proactive approach to resolving issues with its VF-16.
Romain Grosjean says he's been impressed by the way his new Haas team has taken a proactive approach to resolving issues with its VF-16 during pre-season testing.

The French driver suffered two off-track incidents during the second test in Barcelona while both he and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez endured long stints in the pits as Haas hit a number of mechanical issues.

As a result, the American team completed the fewest number of laps of any team (412) over the eight days of winter testing and despite the ongoing concerns Grosjean says he isn't too worried as he expected teething problems for the all-new squad.

The former Lotus driver has commended Haas for the way the team has reacted to its problems and is certain the team will give a positive account of itself in its F1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix.

“It is impressive. The way everyone has been working everywhere, the way they have been reacting to problems and the morale has never been down even though there have been some difficult times, so it is a good team,” Grosjean said. “It's been tough for everyone, especially for the guys who are away from their home for one month.

“First week was very good, the second week a bit less good but for a new team I think we impressed everyone. But they have done an amazing job, they've been on it all the time. They can relax a little bit and next week we need to work hard to prepare for Melbourne.”



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Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16. 03.03.2016.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Manor Racing goup photo, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing MRT05, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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Bmendon

March 09, 2016 2:51 PM

Probably because they are new. As Gene Haas has said, you can do all the preparation and homework in the world but it's not until you are track side that you find out what it's really like.



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