Grosjean: Haas future ‘elephant in the room’

Jon Wilde
Romain Grosjean Haas

Romain Grosjean Haas

Romain Grosjean has described Haas’ F1 future as the “elephant in the room” in regard to planning beyond the end of this year.

Speculation has been rife about whether team owner Gene Haas may decide to pull the plug on his F1 project, having failed so far to carry the fight to the leading constructors since their arrival in 2016.

So far this term, Haas and Williams are the two teams not to have scored points at either of the first two races of the season in Austria.

With a new Concorde Agreement yet to be finalised that would tie constructors down to remaining in the sport, Haas has the opportunity to close his team and withdraw without penalty.

When quizzed about his own future at the press conference on the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, Haas driver Grosjean said as quoted by “There are a lot of question marks here. Let’s get rid of the elephant in the room – is Haas going to be here next year or not? That’s obviously the question.

“What are the other places available? Obviously the market got shaken up quite quickly this year with the Ferrari announcement and the following things, so we’ll see what the opportunities are.

“Personally, I’ll see also what I’d like to do and what I feel like doing in the future. Looking a little bit, but also not rushing everything and seeing how things are going.”

Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean

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Asked what he knew about the team’s future, the Frenchman said: “Nothing. The decision hasn’t been made I believe, there’s nothing to be said.

“We just need to go racing and do races as we did in Austria, get the best out of the team, out of the strategy, out of the drivers and show the best we can do.

“Obviously in the end Gene knows the answer, I guess, or doesn’t know, but will tell the answer at one point. Until that point I can’t really give you any direction. I hope for F1 that Haas will be on the grid next year.

“Out of all the new teams that came to F1, it’s obviously the one that was the most successful, the most solid baseline, so there’s definitely a place for Haas in F1. But again, I’m not the one taking the decision. Time will tell.”

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