Grosjean dreaming of ‘big team’ drive

Date published: March 13 2017

Although proud of what Haas are achieving in F1, Romain Grosjean has not given up on his dream of racing for one of F1’s big teams and winning a World title.

This season will mark the Frenchman’s second with Haas having joined the American outfit after four years racing for Lotus.

While Grosjean’s decision to sign with newcomers Haas raised a few eyebrows, he admitted early last season that it was partly done to move him one step closer to a “dream” Ferrari seat.

That failed to come to fruition when the Scuderia opted instead to retain Kimi Raikkonen for the 2017 season.

Grosjean, though, says he is still chasing a “big team” race-seat and has named Ferrari as his number one choice.

Asked if he had contacted Mercedes’ Toto Wolff in the wake of Nico Rosberg’s retirement, the 30-year-old told Sky Sports: “I’m not saying managers aren’t doing the job, but I didn’t call myself! It’s a great team, it’s got a huge history in motorsport.

“I’d love to drive for Ferrari as well.

“I want to become World Champion, and to do that you need to get the car. I want to drive for a big team one day, but right now I’m proud of what I’ve done with Haas so far.

“We’re in a much better place than last year, there are always opportunities. I want to say I’m the first Haas driver to get a podium, hopefully win a race some day.”