Romain Grosjean has notched up his second consecutive F1 Driver of the Day award thanks to his impressive charge to fifth place in new team Haas in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Following his surprise sixth place in the 2016 season opener in Australia the French driver went one better with fifth in Bahrain to prove the Melbourne result by Haas was no fluke.
Having secured ninth in qualifying to enable flexibility with tyre strategy Grosjean was one of the main benefactors from the first-lap clashes to jump to sixth before his astute strategy with three super-soft stints and a finish on the softs enabled him to leapfrog both Williams to take fifth.
His and the Haas F1 team's efforts have clearly been a hit with the fans who awarded him a second Driver of the Day award to go with his triumph from Albert Park. The F1 Driver of the Day award is a new introduction for 2016 to increase engagement between the sport and its fans.
“This was amazing,” Grosjean said after the race. “There was no safety car, no incidents, nothing on track that made us finish as well as we did. We were fighting not far from the Red Bulls, and in front of Williams and Toro Rosso. This is crazy.
“I have a good feeling in the car. The tyre degradation has always been my strength in the past. Now that we have softer compounds it is something that I do like, so I have a very good feeling on the super softs. I set the car up well for it and I had a fantastic race. That car has a very good baseline, everything is working well – suspension, gearbox, brakes, so it is just nice to drive.”