You’re Frenchman in a team who is struggling financially and the threat of impounded cars, no catering and locked gates is starting to become a reality for you and your teammates. There are rumors that the team is on the auction block of chopping block depending on which new account you read. You’re concerned that all the years of struggling to get to Formula 1 could ultimately face the same end as the team if you don’t find another option soon. You sign with a newcomer who has Ferrari ties and hope that your move can lead to possible future glory in red.
Then, the unthinkable happens. The team you’re leaving is bought by Renault, a French car company with massive resources, and you can only remain positive about your new opportunity while knowing that your inclusion in the new Renault F1 team for 2016 and beyond would have been the perfect scenario.
You weren’t being impetuous, you were being prudent when you signed to drive for Haas F1 but if you had waited a month or so, you may have had the chance of a lifetime—to drive for a French team and be the French driver who could bring glory back to France’s motorsport adventures. If you had waited a month or so, you may have been sitting on the sidelines with the ruins of your F1 career sitting on the curb next to you as you both thumbed for a ride in WEC.
That’s how I see the fate of Romain Grosjean and while I really like the Frenchman, I often wonder just how much it nags at him to know if he had stayed, he would be the small torch on their Crème brûlée. Perfecting their operation with not only talent but nationality as well.
I appreciate how positive he has been in the press about his new future at Haas F1 but this article did remind me of how much, deep down, he must really desire to be at Renault:
“Enstone is a big chapter of my life,” Grosjean said.
“The people there are friends and family and I know every corner of the factory.
“Some years, I was even there for Christmas. When I lived in the UK, I went there on December 24 with my brother-in-law.
“It was hard to leave but we won’t be too far down the paddock.
“And who knows? Maybe in three or four years’ time, they produce a world championship winning car and they call me and say let’s win together.
“That would be ideal. As a Frenchman that would be huge.”
Gone are the comments about driving for Haas and getting the attention of Ferrari in the hopes of one day trying for a spot in Maranello. Now it’s a return home to the French team who he left and I believe we’d all be better for it if I’m honest. A season or two keeping the seat warm for an American driver at Haas and a return to Renault would be the best of both worlds.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT