‘Grosjean is best one for Haas’


Having signed Romain Grosjean for 2015, Gunther Steiner says Haas will avoid "rookie mistakes" by having the Frenchman on board.

Last week Haas F1 announced that Grosjean would be leaving Lotus to lead their charge in their debut campaign.

The 29-year-old, who made his F1 debut in 2009, not only brings with him years of on-track experience but also publicly conquered his driving issues.

The former "first-lap nutcase", as he was labelled by Mark Webber in 2012, has gone on to amass double figures in Formula 1 podiums.

Steiner said: "We looked around a lot to find the right guy because we wanted somebody with experience but still hungry to do something, to go with us this long way.

"I mean, I started talks with the management of Romain in Barcelona to see if he's interested, and you know, we spoke to quite a few drivers, and in the end I spoke also with technical people, what they think about Romain, how he develops a car, because we have got a steep mountain to climb here, new team, all new team members, so we needed somebody who knows what he's doing.

"I think in the end we found the right guy because he has so much want to drive now, and he's still aggressive or still wants it, you know, but he's not young anymore that he's inexperienced. We lose time by having accidents or doing rookie mistakes.

"I think we just picked the best one out there for what we are doing, and we focused on him and got him, and we are very happy and we are looking forward to working with him."