Romain Grosjean has justified the choice Haas Formula 1 (F1) team made when they recruited him as their driver. Grosjean’s performances have been phenomenal for the opening two races of the F1 season and have boosted the Haas F1 team to fifth place in the constructors’ championship.
The 29-year-old got the points in Haas’ F1 debut at Australia where he finished sixth and followed it up with a fifth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Haas will certainly be super pleased with the result considering a good place in the constructors’ championship will provide a good amount as prize money at the end of the season.
It’s a trend in F1 for the smaller or mid table teams to hire drivers who pay for their seats. The pay driver model helps these teams to stay afloat in terms of finances in F1. Haas, however, chose to resist the temptation while recruiting Grosjean.
“We needed a known quantity. If we had someone else, a pay driver, maybe we would not be where we are.” Gunther Steiner, Haas F1 team principal said, as reported by Autosport.
Steiner also stressed on Grosjean’s work ethics behind the scenes. The Frenchman works for long hours in the garage and helps the team to get up to speed with the latest data and requirements. Grosjean also prepares his race seat late in the night while the other mechanics work on other things in the car.
Steiner heaped praises on the man who was born in Geneva, Switzerland and credited the success of the team to him. Steiner also praised Haas F1’s other driver Esteban Gutierrez and stated that it is a combination effort that is helping the team in doing a fantastic job.
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