Grosjean to leave Haas at end of 2020 season

Mark Scott
Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean has confirmed via Facebook that he will be leaving Haas at the end of the 2020 season.

The Frenchman has been an ever-present driver for the American outfit since they first joined the grid in 2016, but the current 2020 campaign will be his last with them.

“The last chapter is closed and the book is finished,” he said on Facebook on Thursday morning.

“I’ve been with Haas F1 Team since day one.

“Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it. I’ve learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man.

“I hope I’ve also helped people in the team to improve themselves. This is probably my biggest pride, more than any of the crazy first races in 2016 or the P4 at the Austrian GP 2018.

“I wish the team all the best for the future.”

Grosjean is now set to explore other opportunities away from Formula 1 and has already declared himself very interested in joining Peugeot’s WEC programme.

“We will get in touch sometime, as this is a project I’m hugely interested in for the future,” Grosjean said, as quoted by Autosport.

“A French constructor at one of the greatest races in the world, for sure it’s a nice project.

“I hope with Hypercars, as many constructors as possible will come back and the endurance championship will enter another golden era.

“Toyota are doing a great job, but let’s be real: nowadays, watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a car that’s fighting its little sister, or big sister, is not very exciting.

“Peugeot is coming, there’s Toyota and, I hope, other constructors. It will once again be a thrilling race whose result you never know, even five minutes from the end.”

Grosjean’s exit is the first of two driver departures at Haas as Kevin Magnussen is also on the way out to make way for another fresh face.

The likes of Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Nikita Mazepin, Callum Ilott and Robert Schwartzman have all been linked with the Haas drive.

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