Romain Grosjean says in his Haas VF-16 he has a car that has all the characteristics needed to “drive consistently and fast.”
The Frenchman has made a flying start to Haas’ debut campaign, scoring in three of the opening four grands prix.
And although there has been some luck along the way, he reckons it is the performance of his VF-16 that has made it possible.
“There are a few points on any race car that you want to have if you want to be able to drive consistently and fast,” he wrote in his F1i.com column.
“You need to have consistency in the platform and good traction from the car – that helps a lot, especially to not be overtaken and to ultimately be able to overtake.
“We’ve got that with the VF-16.
“There are some very strong attributes with this car, they’ve been there since day one. That’s why initially I said it could be one of the best cars I’ve ever driven, because its strong points are very strong.
“I said that back in pre-season testing in Barcelona in February.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s Spanish GP, Haas will finally be racing on a track that they have already experienced as pre-season testing took place at the Barcelona circuit.
It a good opportunity for the team to measure their progress while Grosjean is hoping that a straightforward weekend will yield more points.
He added: “This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix gives us the opportunity to see how far we’ve come as it’s the first track we have any data from to be able to compare.
“Obviously conditions will be a bit different but it will enable us to see if we’ve been going in the right direction with the cars development. I wouldn’t have dared to imagine that we’d be returning having scored points in three out of four races.
“I’m hoping we’ll have a more straightforward weekend this time around and if the outcome on Sunday afternoon is more points, I’ll be happy with that.