I can’t fault Romain Grosjean for leaving Lotus GP and joining Haas F1…not in the least. Haas F1 has done a terrific job of making the most of their non-listed parts team strategy and alignment with Ferrari in 2016 and Romain is a large part of that success.
Looking back on the move, Romain shared his thoughts with AUTOSPORT on his departure:
“I felt Renault would have the year they are having, that it would be very difficult.
“On the other hand there was an American team coming to Formula 1 and I thought if I can be there and make it successful, it’s going to be huge in the US.
“I was more than thinking ‘If I go to Haas they’ve got a Ferrari engine so I can go to Ferrari’.
“Ferrari will take the driver that suits them best, it doesn’t matter if they come from Haas or anywhere else.
“So the best you can do is keep doing a good job, show you’re consistent, try to get the car faster and always be there when they need you.”
That’s understandable from my vantage point here in the US, sitting on a couch watching his career from afar but I wonder if felt like I did when Renault announced their possible interest in Lotus GP? Romain knew they were most likely going to acquire Lotus GP but anything can happen in negotiations and he was most likely well down the road in his own future negotiations at Haas.
Regardless, Romain mentions Ferrari and their proclivity for picking drivers (which I discussed last week here) and because they are very picky on their drivers, I wonder if there is a possibility of Romain returning to Renault? It would, in my opinion, be a terrific move and even though he knew they would struggle and it will take time to get back to fighting weight, Renault may be the team to watch in the future.
They know how to win races and title and peaked with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006 handing the Spaniard his only titles to date. Grosjean could be a terrific driver for the team to build around and it helps that he’s, well…French.
Waiting for Ferrari may be what he’s keen to do but if I were Romain, I would keep Alan Permane’s mobile number handy…just saying.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT