Despite finishing in the points just once, Romain Grosjean is generally happy with how he has driven throughout the season.
It has been another difficult year for the Frenchman, with his Haas car one of the weakest on the grid and rarely quick enough to give him a chance of fighting for a top-10 finish.
Despite this, he did manage to finish P9 at the Nurburgring to score two points and move ahead of his team-mate and both Williams drivers in the Drivers’ Championship.
He uses that as one of a few good races, and is, all in all, pleased with how he has performed.
“Apart from Turkey in the wet, where I was absolutely nowhere, generally I’ve got the maximum of the car, whenever possible,” he said.
“Germany is a good example, and the race in Monza was pretty good, as well as Mugello. So yeah, I’m happy with the season.
“It’s difficult to say how good the season is because of the car we have – but I think it’s a really good season.”
2020 is to be his final season with Haas and perhaps on the F1 grid, as the team has opted to replace him and Kevin Magnussen for 2021.
Team principal Guenther Steiner recently stated that, while Grosjean can be an asset, he can also be difficult to manage, but the Frenchman doesn’t entirely agree with his boss’s assessment.
“I think I’ve brought a fair bit to the team and I’ve had moments, yes, I’ve made mistakes – but who doesn’t?” he added.
“Also, when you have a poor car, you need to be able to drive to 105% to get anything good and when you drive to that level there are high chances you’re going to make mistakes.
“When you have a top car, you can drive at 99.8% and that means you’re more consistent. I’ve known both situations and that’s why I can say that.
“Am I difficult to manage? I don’t know. Some people did that very well with me in the past.”
The statistics back up Grosjean’s claim that he’s had a good season, as he leads his team-mate in the standings and in the head-to-head records on both Saturdays and Sundays.