Haas F1 Team Selects Romain Grosjean as Driver
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 29, 2015
Romain Grosjean will be one of two drivers for The Haas F1 team when they make their season debut in 2016.
The announcement was made at the team's U.S. base, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Grosjean was unveiled as the team's first driver signing.
Team owner Gene Haas said “Grosjean's F1's experience was key for the team's first season on the grid.”
“We wanted an experienced driver capable of developing our car and our race team into one that can score points and better itself each race and each season. We found him in Romain Grosjean,” Haas said. “I've been involved in motorsports for a long time and learned early on the most crucial component is the driver. Romain has strong credentials and he will be an important asset to Haas F1 Team.”
Grosjean said: “What Gene Haas and everyone at Haas F1 Team is building is impressive, and I'm very proud to be a part of it. Formula One is incredibly competitive and the only way to succeed is by finding new ways of doing things. This is a new opportunity with a new team that is taking a very different approach to Formula One. I believe in their approach and they believe in me. While I am committed to giving my absolute best to my current team in these last five races, I am very excited for what the future holds at Haas F1 Team.”
Haas F1 will make their Formula One debut in 2016. They will run a Ferrari power unit and will utilize as many components from Ferrari as the regulations will allow. The team has been using Ferrari's Maranello windtunnel since the partnership, was confirmed.
It is rumored Esteban Gutierrez, or fellow Ferrari reserve driver Jean-Eric Vergne, will be the next in line to drive for Haas. The departure of Grosjean, leaves Lotus without a driver to partner with Pastor Maldonado, next year. With what may soon be, a Renault factory team. The French automobile manufacturer continues takeover talks with the Lotus F1 team.
The 2016 season will make team owner Gene Haas' first time in Formula One. Haas has been a NASCAR team owner since 2002, He then joined forces with NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart, and became Stewart-Haas in 2009. He has won two NASCAR Sprint Cup championships.