Grosjean downplays Ferrari link

Date published: January 6 2016 - Editor

Despite Haas' partnership with Ferrari, Romain Grosjean has refuted suggestions that he has joined the newcomers in order to better position himself for a Ferrari drive.

This season the Frenchman will race for newcomers Haas, who have spent much of the build-up to their debut campaign denying that they are Ferrari's B-team.

The American outfit will not only be powered by the Scuderia but their first F1 challenger will also sport other Ferrari parts after their signed a technical partnership.

This has led to some speculation that Grosjean's move to Haas is a bid to get closer to Ferrari.

But whether that proves to be true in the years to come, he's adamant he joined Haas because he believes in the team.

"They [Ferrari] are certainly going to get all the data, and all the feedback from the engineers," the 29-year-old said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com.

"The best I can do is to do my best and do my job. I didn't go to Haas to go to Ferrari. That is not the point.

"I went to Haas because I like the project. I think it can be successful. It is an American team so there is a big market that will be nice for F1.

"Of course the dream is [always] to go to Ferrari. Ferrari wants good drivers, and if you be the best you can be, then you have a chance."

As for his decision to leave Lotus for newcomers Haas, the Frenchman concedes it wasn't an easy decision but he believes it was the "best" one for him.

"Initially, it was hard," he explained. "Initially I didn't think about going somewhere else, but then I met Gunther [Steiner] and Gene Haas, and they explained to me the project.

"I think it can be something quite amazing, and it was very straightforward to go and move – and fly with my own wings, see something different.

"It would have been nice to be with Renault, a French driver in a French team. But [joining Haas] was the best decision I could do. [Renault] needs a few more years to come back to a decent level, so I may yet come back!"