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F1 Russian GP: Haas wouldn’t block Grosjean to Ferrari approach

Gene Haas hints that he wouldn't stand in the way of Romain Grosjean's career progression if he was approached by the likes of Ferrari.
Gene Haas says he has no desire to 'ever hold a driver back' if they are approached by another team, saying it'd be 'crazy' to stop Romain Grosjean's career progressing to a team like Ferrari.

The Frenchman joined new F1 entrants Haas at the beginning of the season after four years with Lotus, a move which many interpreted as an opportunity to put him in a more direct gaze of Ferrari, which has been working as a technical partner of the American outfit.

Though Grosjean himself – who produced headline grabbing results for Haas in Australia and Bahrain - has played the Ferrari link down, it is reckoned he could be a strong candidate as a potential replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, whose current contract ends this year.

From Haas' point of view, he admits it would be selfish of him to consider holding a driver back should they be offered the opportunity to progress their career with a team like Mercedes or Ferrari.

“I don't think I'd ever want to hold a driver back. I think he is [happy], but if someone offered him a huge contract and was willing to buy out our contract and it was with one of those two front teams [Ferrari, Mercedes] he'd be crazy not to do that.

“Until that day happens I don't want to say anything. Romain's a pretty cool guy and quite frankly if he had a chance to be a world champion with another team I think that would be something that he would probably be foolish not to try..”

by Ollie Barstow



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ProfessorDave

April 23, 2016 2:04 PM

Equin0x: Rather have Kimi, especially when at Lotus for 2012-2013 Raikkonen BEAT Grosjean...
Actually by the time Kimi left Lotus Grosjean had the upper hand. And anyway Grosjean was still improving then, and will peak over the next 2-3 years, whilst Kimi has passed his peak and will soon be at retirement age.



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