As silly season progresses, the BBC Sport folks say that current Lotus F1 driver, Romain Grosjean, is poised to make a move to the Haas F1 team for 2016. The incomparable Andrew Benson says that Renault is still set to take over the Lotus team and while that would mean French ownership and Grosjean is a French driver, Renault Sport F1’s Cyril Abiteboul dropped a heavy hint by saying:
“It’s a shame we couldn’t talk about it, but we maybe were not ready in time. It’s all about timing.
“Romain is a great driver, he deserves a great team. There’s no national bias, we wouldn’t stay in Formula 1 for a particular country or region.
“Renault is an international brand, especially in countries like China and in south-east Asia. But we’re on a project which necessarily needs a little French touch. There are young Frenchmen pushing, so I’m not worried.”
If Haas F1 has secured the services of Grosjean, it’s a good move for the team. Romain is a fast driver and has current F1 experience and car knowledge. All things the team needs in order to get stable in its first season in F1.
I think it’s a good move but I will say that the whole French-ness of the Renault acquisition and a French driver played well with me. I was hoping to see Alain Prost back at the helm and Romain in French racing blue. Such is life, I guess.
Hat Tip: BBC Sport