Romain Grosjean isn’t accepting any blame for Haas’ poor 2020 to date, saying “no-one” could win or make the podium in the VF-20.
Haas are now entering their fifth season as a Formula 1 team and were hoping in 2020 to wipe away the dismal memories of 2019.
The team believed they had identified where they went wrong last year with the VF-19, thanks largely to Romain Grosjean’s feedback, but so far this year any improvement has been minor.
P10 in Hungary for Kevin Magnussen represents Haas’ only point of the season, whilst Grosjean props up the Drivers’ Championship with a highest finish of P13 in the Styrian Grand Prix.
Grosjean is no stranger to criticism from the public, and there were some surprised looks when he was retained by Haas for 2020.
And after struggling again in the opening half of this season, the pressure is starting to ramp up again.
But Grosjean feels he is doing the best he can do in a sport that isn’t equal like a “100-metre” race.
“I think the best you can do is to do the best you can with your car,” he told reporters ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
“It’s not like running the 100 metres where everyone starts on the same line. At the moment, someone is starting on the 40-metre line, some on the 60, some on the 180-metre line!
“We’re more starting at the back and again, the best we can do is to help the team improve.”
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) September 3, 2020
Formula 1 is arguably going through its most predictable era at the moment. Mercedes have won six Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row and look well on their way to making it seven, whilst the new regulations have been delayed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Formula 1 has always been a sport about driver and team. That being said, Grosjean feels nobody could get near the podium right now in a Haas.
“Some years I’m not so proud about my season, 2018, obviously the first half I wasn’t happy with myself,” he said.
“This year, when I look at it I’d say I’m doing a good job. That’s really what matters to me.
“Yes, we’re not fighting for podiums, yes, we’re not fighting for wins, but no-one would with our car. So that’s alright.”