After a trying start to this season, Romain Grosjean says he has caused to be “proud” of the manner in which he has fought back.
The Frenchman’s place at Haas, and in Formula 1 as a whole, was on the line earlier this season after one mistake too many.
With his opening races littered with errors, Grosjean did not do himself any favours when he crashed behind the Safety Car at the Azerbaijan GP and followed that up by causing a multi-car pile-up at Barcelona.
This led to penalty points being added to Grosjean’s licence and the driving facing the prospect of a one-race ban.
However, since Austria he has seems to have found his form.
He finished inside the top ten in five of the last eight races, although was disqualified from Italy due to an issue with his car, and has helped Haas close the gap to Renault in the battle for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.
“I know what I did wrong sometimes,” Grosjean tells CNN’s The Circuit. “(But) I think since the beginning of the summer, things are going really my way and I’m doing well so that’s what I focus on.
“I’m proud to have been able to come back from that rough time where there was a bit of bad luck, a bit of mistakes and altogether made it that first eight or nine races were very difficult.”
Such has been Grosjean’s return to form that Haas have confirmed him for next season, announcing at the Russian GP that he will continue alongside Kevin Magnussen.
Grosjean said: “We had agreed and shook hands a little bit of time before the announcement.
“It’s been great, I joined the team since the first day and I put a lot of faith into them and through the tough times they reverted that faith to me, which was great to see.
“As I say, since Germany I was back to where I wanted to be. I knew at one point, I knew what I was doing was wrong and if I kept doing that, things would end.”