Haas F1 have made a very good choice for their first driver in Frenchman Romain Grosjean. Grosjean will be the team’s primary driver and main focus to help them make the leap into Formula 1 in 2016.
The team pursued Grosjean as one of the best and potentially available drivers on the market for 2016 and they still have one seat left with many suggesting it will be reserved for a Ferrari reserve driver…possibly Esteban Gutierrez.
Team owner Gene Haas said that while they had a lot of pressure to hire an American driver, he felt that hiring a rookie driver in a rookie team just wasn’t a good combination. It’s less about being an American team doing it an American way, they are there to race and be competitive with the other teams and Grosjean fit the bill perfectly.
Grosjean said he made the decision because he liked what he saw from Haas F1 and he felt coming to this new team was a good step toward building toward race wins.
Haas said he was looking for maturity, experience and a complete race car driver. He felt Grosjean’s maturity will help the team progress and not fall victim to a rookie exuberance. He also felt that Romain, being French, also helps as a brand and product ambassador for the European market.