Grosjean ‘fine’ with missed Ferrari opportunity


Romain Grosjean says he was “not desperate” for a Ferrari driver as that door was shut, at least for the 2017 championship.

Ferrari announced on Friday that Kimi Raikkonen would remain with the team for a further season, putting an end to speculation that Grosjean was hoping to step up.

The Frenchman joined Ferrari-powered Haas at the start of this season with reports suggesting that was done in a bid to move a close to the Scuderia.

But, even if it was, that option is no longer on the table with Grosjean revealing that he will stay on at Haas next season.

Asked by if Raikkonen’s new deal impacted his future, the former Lotus driver said: “Not much to be fair – I get to wear these same clothes next year!

“It’s fine, it’s great for him, it’s the best team or the team you want to be in, so good for Kimi. But now it’s clear Kimi is staying, the market is a bit closed.

“You always want to be in a team where you can be World Champion, but I’m not desperate because I feel very well at Haas and there’s more to do.

“I’m convinced that next year we can surprise more people.”

However, the 30-year-old, who has 10 Formula 1 podiums to his name, is not ruling out a move to Ferrari in 2018.

He said: “That would be great.

“I’ve never hidden the fact I want to be World Champion and drive for a big team. But I’ve discovered with Haas a very nice team, and we’re doing a great job, so I’m proud to be part of that.”